Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
May 28, 2001
Daily Care, Insulin
Question from Yuba City, California, USA:
Is there a formula to use to modify the number of units of Regular insulin to provide for sliding scale dosages?
I would not recommend such fine tuning with Regular. I would use Humalog — Fast in Fast out. I set a target, lower in older kids and higher in younger kids (100-140 mg/dl [5.6-7.8 mmol/L]). I then calculate how much the sugar is too high or too low. The correction factor is individualized from 1 unit for 30 mg/dl to up to 1 unit for 90 mg/dl. You have to see what it takes. Remember this test is without food. Then the food –1 unit for somewhere between 6 to 30 grams of carb. Again, just see.