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Mealtime Insulin Timing

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Confused about when to take your mealtime insulin? We're here to help! First, double-check which type of insulin you're taking. For regular insulin (like Humulin R, Novolin R, or certain premixed insulins), aim for about 30 minutes before your meal. Timing it just right can be tricky. If you wait too long to eat, after taking your dose, you could end up with dangerously low blood sugar. So make sure you always have a snack available.
For newer, rapid-acting insulin analogues (like Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra, and certain premixed insulins), it's best to aim for the start of the meal, though it's OK to take some of these a few minutes earlier or later. Because you can wait until your food is right in front of you to inject these insulins, the risk of dangerously low blood sugar is less.
Keep in mind, because each person responds to insulin in their own way, your doctor's recommendations might be different. With patience and practice, you'll settle into a mealtime insulin routine that works for you!

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