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SIMPLE Formula for Calculating Insulin Dosage?
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    Tecknomage Guest

    Default SIMPLE Formula for Calculating Insulin Dosage?


    Is there a SIMPLE formula for calculating correction insulin dosage?


    Found a recommended one:

    Dose = (reading - target)/correction_factor

    Correction Factor would be for Novolin in my case, but the source says
    Novolog. Is Novolin equivalent to Novolog as far as the Correction
    Factor is concerned?

    I printed a WEB page with a chart that mentions "1800 Rule" and has
    Correction Factors.

    Is the above formula workable?


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    Charly Coughran Guest

    Default Re: SIMPLE Formula for Calculating Insulin Dosage?

    Tecknomage <[email protected]> wrote in
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    >
    > Is there a SIMPLE formula for calculating correction
    > insulin dosage?
    >
    >
    > Found a recommended one:
    >
    > Dose = (reading - target)/correction_factor
    >
    > Correction Factor would be for Novolin in my case, but the
    > source says Novolog. Is Novolin equivalent to Novolog as
    > far as the Correction Factor is concerned?
    >
    > I printed a WEB page with a chart that mentions "1800 Rule"
    > and has Correction Factors.
    >
    > Is the above formula workable?
    >
    >


    Novolog is rapid acting insulin. Novolin is medium length
    acting insulin generically referred to as NPH. They are not
    interchangeable. You don't say anything regarding your insulin
    regimen other than Novolin or what type of diabetes you have.
    There are many different insulin regmins with different designs
    and it is difficult to say much without knowing what your
    insulin regimen is and understanding how it is supposed to
    work.

    There is nothing simple in diabetes. In the simplest form that
    is close to being valid, you need to take the dose which will
    balance the arrival of insulin in your blood stream to match
    the insulin demand at that particular time and will also take
    into account your bg level at the time of injection, your
    recent activity level, your proposed carbohydrate intake, your
    individual carbohydrate/insulin ratio, and proposed activity
    level over the period in which the dosed insulin will be acting
    as a function of its average activity curve modified by your
    individual biological idiosyncrasies. Oops, I forgot
    individual background (basal) temporal, insulin requirement
    pattern.

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