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Thu Apr 10 12:59:26 UTC 2014

I take Humalog 3x day at mealtime. Should I take the Humalog before or after eating?
Asked By: carolawalton  
Category: Insulin

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Expert Answers (1)
2014-04-29 19:01:53.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Rapid-acting insulin is usually taken before the start of a meal. Sometimes with meals that are very high in fat, or when one forgets to taken the insulin before the meal, the insulin may be taken immediately after the meal.

Frequent finger sticks can tell you how well your insulin is working for you. Be sure to bring your blood glucose log book to your visits to the doctor.

Learn more about how insulin works and types of insulin.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2015-01-14 14:14:29.0

I always take my Humalog right before eating, that way it works with the food I ate. Then a couple hours later, I check my blood sugar, and in case they are high, I will take another shot according to my blood sugar level.
Answered By: daseelette63

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2014-06-09 15:39:47.0

When you use the method of carb counting for your meals, it is best to take your insulin AFTER your meal. That way you know how many carbs you ate for that meal. Then you adjust your carb to insulin ratio and inject.
Answered By: ladyneedles

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