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Late night eating and evening basal

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by mbudzi, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. mbudzi

    mbudzi · Well-Known Member

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    I'm on an AM dose of 6 units Humulin and PM 5.5 units Humulin. The half unit does make a difference and stopped me hypoing at night.

    A few times recently I have been having a small late night snack and finding that my waking BG is in the 4s or I have a mild hypo (mid to late 3s).

    Why is a small snack (taken without any basal insulin) affecting my night-time bolus? What haven't I understood?

    Any suggestions/help appreciated - I thought I had my head around all this. :problem:
  2. ConradJ

    ConradJ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Good question... and hopefully one that someone else can stump up with an idea. :idea:

    In the meantime, your BASAL insulin is a long-acting insulin, usually taken just prior to bed - examples are Levemir and Lantus (Glargine)... (unless you're on a pump)

    Your BOLUS insulin is the short-acting insulin that you inject to compensate for any carbohydrates you eat.

    However, you're on humulin, which I believe is a mix of both long and short acting insulin types (???).

    I wholeheartedly recommend you contact your DSN / GP to discuss - maybe your pre-bed carb intake is not sufficient or maybe you need a different type of insulin??? (I've had seven types since diagnosis in '76. :yawn: )

    Good luck,
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