I've managed my Type 1 Diabetes for the past seventeen years with countless insulin injections and blood testing machines. I've lived and worked all over the U.S. and have been treated by many doctors and nurse practitioners, but it wasn't until I moved to Houston that I received some words of wisdom that completely changed the way I control my blood sugar: "Be PRO-active, rather than RE-active when it comes to your insulin," says Dr. Dennis Roy Ferrer of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Northwest Houston, TX.
And it all clicked. For years and years I had always approached my Diabetes with a completely different mindset. I had been right on top of RE-acting to my high blood sugar levels right away, (you know, taking 2-4 units of fast acting insulin after I ate or as soon as I found out my sugar was high) but I was never really thinking ahead. Dr. Ferrer taught me that I should take 2-4 units BEFORE I eat, that way the insulin is already working by the time the carbohydrates start kicking in. "But what if my blood sugar isn't even high to begin with? What if I crash?," I asked, worried that my blood sugar would get too low if I took insulin before eating. But Dr. Ferrer assured me that wouldn't happen... so I tried it!
It works. If you "think ahead" and take your fast acting insulin before you eat a meal, your blood sugar will not peak as much (if at all!) as it does if you don't take any at all. Duh, right? Why didn't I think of it this way before? No more ups and downs, highs and lows for me! Now I'm right on track and being "PRO-active" with my insulin.