Humulin 70/30 Dosage
There is no standard dosage of Humulin 70/30 that will work for all people, so dosing must be individualized for each person. In order to help determine an appropriate dose, your healthcare provider may recommend carbohydrate counting and ask you to measure your blood sugar before and after meals. The medication is typically administered twice a day, about 30 minutes before meals.
Humulin 70/30 Dosage: An Introduction
The dose of Humulin® 70/30 (NPH insulin/regular insulin) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your current dose of other insulins
- The carbohydrate content of your meals
- Your blood sugar levels
- Your blood sugar goals (which can vary from person to person)
- Other medications you are taking, including other diabetes medications
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Specific Dosing GuidelinesDosing for Humulin 70/30 must be individualized for each different person. There is no "standard" Humulin 70/30 dose that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. Humulin 70/30 is made up of two different insulins, 70 percent intermediate-acting (NPH insulin) and 30 percent short-acting (regular insulin). It is typically taken twice a day before meals (often about 30 minutes before eating).
Your healthcare provider may ask you to measure your blood sugar before and after meals and may also recommend carbohydrate counting. Both of these things can help you and your healthcare provider know how to dose your Humulin 70/30.
In some situations, you and your healthcare provider may prefer "aggressive" insulin dosing, which may help reduce the risk of long-term diabetes complications but increases the risk of dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Some people may need more relaxed insulin dosing, especially if they live alone (making it difficult to adequately respond to low blood sugar) or if they are elderly (in which case the long-term consequences are less important).