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Night shifts and insulin

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by loumoo, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. loumoo

    loumoo · Newbie

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    Hi there,

    i am new today, so forgive me for post ing in the wrong forum.
    I am going to be undertaking Nightshift work in a nursing home on the Bank, i want to know how to prepare my insulin regime and when to inject prior and on the day/night.

    I inject 4 daily

    Humalog and Lantus

    thanks in advance
  2. jopar

    jopar · Well-Known Member

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    hi loomoo

    Firslty welcom to the forum

    If you are injecting 4x daily, I assume that you are on the basal/bolus regime...

    You still take your background insulin the same as usaual, with the quick acting insulin you need to inject when you eat durning the night, it is hand if you have a idea of the ratio of insulin to carbs you need for your meals, but you might find that this is different at night than durning the day...

    So test more frequently until you are sure that you have the right ratios, when you are asleep after the shift, if your basal insulin is correct this should't cause any problems...

    If you on starting a new run of nights, inject our insulin as usual durning the day, but remeber that you will have to have extra injection to cover any food that you eat..
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