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7 Tips for Remembering to Take Your Mealtime Insulin

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    The Importance of Mealtime Insulin
    Many people manage diabetes with mealtime insulin. Rapid-acting insulin maybe an important part of your regimen in your diabetes treatment. Your doctor may prescribe a mealtime insulin, like Humalog® (insulin lispro injection) 100 units/mL, if you’re having trouble keeping blood sugar levels under control. Humalog® (insulin lispro injection) 100 units/mL is used to treat people with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. Do not take Humalog® (insulin lispro injection) 100 units/mL if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the ingredients I these insulins. You may have trouble remembering to take your mealtime insulin. Fortunately, there are several tips to follow that make remembering your mealtime insulin easier.
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    1. Make testing part of your routine.
    Before taking mealtime insulin, it’s important to check your blood sugar (glucose) levels. Ask your doctor what your blood sugar should be and when you should check it. Make blood glucose testing part of your daily routine so taking mealtime insulin becomes second nature. It’s easy to add this step to your routine—before going to bed, put out your glucose monitor and supplies so everything is right in front of you first thing in the morning. Then, after you brew your coffee and as you eat, you can check your blood sugar, and if needed per your doctor’s advice, administer your morning mealtime insulin with your breakfast.
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    2. Keep your supplies handy.
    To increase your likelihood of remembering mealtime insulin, you can try keeping your diabetes testing supplies and insulin administration equipment in your kitchen. Try creating a designated space for your glucose monitor, test strips, syringes, and other supplies; having your supplies handy takes some of the hassle out of checking your blood sugar and preparing your insulin injection, which could make it easier to remember to take your prescribed mealtime insulin.
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    3. Use the buddy system.
    Sometimes, a little encouragement from a friend or relative is all you need to remember your mealtime insulin. Ask your spouse, best friend, or parent to check in with you to make sure you’ve tested your blood sugar and taken your insulin dose. Help can be something as simple as a text from a friend asking if you’ve remembered your medication. A buddy system is one of the best ways to stay accountable when remembering your insulin.
  • 4. Make a chart.
    Some people are more visual than others. If you’re a visual person, it can help tremendously to have a viewable representation of your diabetes care regimen. Try creating a chart that helps you remember your mealtime insulin. You can use a whiteboard or poster attached to your refrigerator to note dates of the week, the times of your meals, and whether or not you took any insulin before or immediately after you ate.
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    5. Set an alarm.
    If you’re like most people, your smartphone stays with you all day long. If you’re having trouble remembering to take your mealtime insulin, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do is set an alarm on your phone. Alarms can be set for multiple times every day, creating an easily noticeable reminder to check your blood sugar and administer mealtime insulin if needed. Set your alarm to both a ringtone and a vibration for extra noticeability.
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    6. Learn about mealtime insulin.
    Sometimes, remembering to do something is much easier if you know more about it. Learning about mealtime insulin—and why it’s important—is a good way to ensure you don’t miss a dose. For many, mealtime insulin is vital to controlling blood glucose levels and preventing serious complications from diabetes.
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    7. Ask for help.
    If you’ve tried several tips and you’re still having trouble remembering to take your mealtime insulin, ask your doctor for help. He or she may be able to suggest another way to make taking mealtime insulin easier. If necessary, your doctor may adjust your mealtime insulin regimen. But don’t try to change your medication regimen on your own—following your doctor’s advice is the best way to work on managing your diabetes.
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About The Author

Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN began writing professionally in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and worked as a registered nurse in multiple specialties, including pharmaceuticals, operating room/surgery, endocrinology, and family practice. With over nine years of clinical practice experience, Sarah has worked with clients including Healthgrades, Mayo Clinic, Aha Media Group, Wolters Kluwer, and UVA Cancer Center.
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2019 Apr 8
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