Contents

- 1 How do I calculate how much insulin I need?
- 2 How much does 1 unit of insulin bring down blood sugar?
- 3 How do you calculate correction factor?
- 4 What is the 500 rule in diabetes?
- 5 What is a typical sliding scale for insulin?
- 6 How do you set up a sliding scale for insulin?
- 7 What is an insulin sliding scale example?
- 8 When do you start insulin sliding scale?
- 9 How much insulin does the average diabetic take?
- 10 What is a normal insulin level?
- 11 Is 50 units of insulin too much?
- 12 What is the 100 rule in diabetes?
- 13 What is a correction factor for diabetes?
- 14 How do you calculate TDD?

## How do I calculate how much insulin I need?

Divide the total carbohydrates by the insulin to carbohydrate ratio. The result is the amount of insulin units needed. Visit choa.org/diabetes for additional copies. Add the number of units needed for food to the number of units needed to correct blood sugar to get your total dose of insulin (Humalog/Novolog/Apidra).

## How much does 1 unit of insulin bring down blood sugar?

One unit of insulin should cause your blood sugar level to drop 30 to 50 mg per dL, but you may need more insulin to get the same effect.

## How do you calculate correction factor?

The amount blood glucose is lowered by the injection of 1 unit of insulin is called the insulin sensitivity factor (also known as the correction factor), and is calculated by dividing the constant 1700 by the Total Daily Dose (TDD) of rapid acting insulin or dividing the constant 1500 by the Total Daily Dose of

## What is the 500 rule in diabetes?

Use the 500 Rule to estimate insulin-to-carb ratio: 500/TDD = number of carb grams covered by a unit of insulin. Example: 500/50=10; 1unit of insulin will cover about 10 grams of carbohydrate.

## What is a typical sliding scale for insulin?

70-139 mg/dL – 0 units 140-180 mg/dL – 3 units subcut 181-240 mg/dL – 4 units subcut 241-300 mg/dL – 6 units subcut 301-350 mg/dL – 8 units subcut 351-400 mg/dL – 10 units subcut If blood glucose is greater than 400 mg/dL, administer 12 units subcut, notify provider, and repeat POC blood sugar check in 1 hour.

## How do you set up a sliding scale for insulin?

In this method, you take a certain amount of insulin for a certain amount of carbohydrates. For example, if your breakfast carb to insulin ratio is 10:1 and you eat 30 grams of carbohydrates, you would take 3 units before breakfast to cover your meal.

## What is an insulin sliding scale example?

Common sliding scale regimens: Long-acting insulin (glargine/detemir or NPH), once or twice a day with short acting insulin (aspart, glulisine, lispro, Regular) before meals and at bedtime. Long-acting insulin (glargine/detemir or NPH), given once a day. Regular and NPH, given twice a day.

## When do you start insulin sliding scale?

The American Diabetes Association recommends that a patient’s blood glucose level be less than 180 mg/dl 2 hours after a meal. The cornerstone of insulin therapy should be an intermediate- or long-acting insulin accompanied by a rapid-acting insulin for meal coverage.

## How much insulin does the average diabetic take?

How much insulin do you need? In type 1 diabetes, most people need a total of 0.5 – 0.8 units of insulin per kilogram of body weight each day. Roughly half this insulin is needed for food intake, and half is the basal rate.

## What is a normal insulin level?

University of Washington researcher Stephen Guyenet writes that “The average insulin level in the US is 8.8 mIU/ml for men and 8.4 for women.

## Is 50 units of insulin too much?

It is possible that the “maximum” of 50 units is derived from the technical limitations of the 1/2 mL syringe. The Lantus SoloStar disposable pen has a maximum “dial-able” dose of 80 units. Aside from this technical maximum, there is no mention of a maximum dose in the package insert.

## What is the 100 rule in diabetes?

The 100 rule is starting with 100, and dividing the average amount of insulin given over the last five days. For example if the average daily dose of insulin is 50. Calculation is 100 divide 50. You can see if your sensitivity is correct by looking at your record book.

## What is a correction factor for diabetes?

A Correction Factor (sometimes called insulin sensitivity), is how much 1 unit of rapid acting insulin will generally lower your blood glucose over 2 to 4 hours when you are in a fasting or pre-meal state.

## How do you calculate TDD?

How to calculate TDD:

- • If currently on BBIT in hospital and requires titration (see titration table below): TDD = all insulin doses within past 24 hour period.
- • If on Basal and Bolus insulin at home with good control: TDD = all insulin doses in a usual 24 hour period.
- TDD=Weight (kg) x 0.3 to.
- 0.5 Units/kg/day.