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I'm wondering what percentage of diabetics inject insulin twice daily.

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    Well, I guess all type1's inject multiple times per day.

    For type2's it's a much smaller number who use insulin at all, and it depends how you count.  There's a huge number with "prediabetes" and they do not use insulin.  Of the ones even with diabetes, probably at least half use only diet to control it.  Then there are a lot who use only metformin and other oral medications.  Finally most of the ones who use insulin use it with every meal, so that's typically three times a day.

    Do you want to rephrase the question at all?

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      I use insulin twice a day. So for me, its about the right amount of insulin and the right amount of food. Makes sense . I'd prefer to inject 3 times a day. Has the short acting insulin in premixed pens the same effect as rapid acting for type one diabetics. I often wondered about that not that it matters too much.

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    Hi Tom.

    When i first became diabetic i was on a premix which lasts around 12 hours so would inject twice a day. It gave me no freedom. Now im now on basal bolus regime i take basal morning and night then bolus (short acting ) when i eat. The amount i take depends on what im eating and how much carbs. Its acts for around 4 hours so i check my BM 4 hours later if to high i top up with a couple units of short acting. It gives me so much flexibility, my day is not dictated by meal times, i eat when im hungry and i can enjoy a meal with friends or family because my insulin doesnt dictate when i eat or what i eat.

    The down side is i test more, i take more injections (up to 6) and my blood sugar can fluctuate a lot which doesnt leave me feeling great

    UAre you new diabetic? I was only on that regime for ( premix) 6 months and i later learned (i work in medical related profession ) thats what your started on to get used to self injecting then somthing more intensive.

    I also found out that there is such a thing as Diabtes ralatetd eating disorde where people will comprimise their insulin to lose weight.

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      Thanks for great message. I'm 15 years diabetic. I always thought my insulin regime was a bit weird. I have a hia1c if 55 ir in old money 7.2. They say its reasonable I say its ok. Diabetes is a disorder and youd want to b a genius to keep it right all the time . But your info could be good for me. I'll check at diabetic clinic if I can get to talk to one of them as I'm on medical card here in ireland.

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      I replied a minute ago with a long message but it disappeared. So a short version. Just had mini hypo.its 10 at night. I ate a good bit of food at 6 this evening. I injected 16u of humalog mix 25/75. My level at that time was 7.8. I went walking. I cant understand how levels can drop so quick. So its only at night around 10 or so. If I could conquer that, it'd be nice.

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    Hi Tom

    Would talk to my consultant if having hypos. Might offer you different insulin to Humalog or suggest you adjust your dose but in my experience of using premix i was lethargic, and having to eat when food was the last thing on my mind. Also i would have a dip 6 hours post injection. Didnt work for me.

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