Many people with Type 2 diabetes use injected medications, such as Victoza, in the management of their blood glucose levels. Many of them also inject long-acting insulin injections for this purpose, particularly in mimicking the actions of basal insulin, a hormone naturally produced by the body during the day and overnight.
But long-acting insulin injections shouldn’t be injected willy-nilly. These should be injected based on your doctor’s recommendations and based on routines that maximize their efficacy in the body. Here are three of these routines.
Adopt a Sleeping Routine
Basal insulin injections are made to maintain a steady blood glucose level during your fasting periods. The change in blood glucose levels should ideally be 30 mg/dl, maximum, which should occur when your blood glucose is stable and within your target range while you’re asleep. This is the reason for your doctor’s recommendation that basal insulin should be injected at night, preferably before your bedtime.
You must then adopt a predictable sleeping time so that you can inject basal insulin at the same time every night. You and your doctor will also be able to monitor the effects of the injected insulin on your body during the night and the succeeding day. You can then make a more accurate prediction of the window of time when the injections are working.
Besides, consistent hours of sleep is a must for your overall health. Sleep is part of an effective stress management plan that, in turn, is essential in an effective diabetes management program.
Establish a Self-monitoring Routine
Even with your busy personal and professional schedule, you should always check your blood glucose levels with your trusty meter. You will then be able to make the right decisions about food consumption and insulin injections, among other things. You can also reduce the risks of having extremely high or low blood glucose levels, which have their own side effects including coma.
By monitoring your blood glucose levels, you can also keep track of your body’s response to food and drinks, moderate exercise, and stress sources. Your doctor can use the information for changing your doses and making recommendations about your management plan.
Rotate Your Injection Sites
Keep in mind that the injection site has a significant impact on the efficacy of the insulin injections on your blood sugar levels. The speed of insulin transportation into the bloodstream differs depending on where it’s injected – it’s fastest in the abdomen and slowest in the buttocks and thighs.
Doctors then recommend injecting long-acting insulin in the abdomen. But be sure not to inject it exactly in the same location every time to avoid bruising and increase efficacy. Never inject around the bellybutton for safety reasons.
Routines may sound boring but when it’s a life-or-death situation, as can be the case for Type 2 diabetes, these are heaven-sent!