Diabetes practices and regimens can vary between countries, hospitals / clinics, & specialists.  Therefore what may be encouraged in one setting may not be so recommended in another.  This insulin tutorial is not meant to provide a didactic (regimented / fixed) plan for using insulin.  Rather the tutorial intends to show some ways of doing things, and provide some explanations as to why things may be done in a certain way.  Furthermore it is hoped that this tutorial may encourage people to think a bit more about what insulin regimens are possible, & how they might be improved and / or tailored for an individual.  In all this remember that people's mileage may vary - so what works for one person may not be appropriate for someone else.  Therefore, as with all medical information on the Web, it is important that you consult your doctor or diabetes specialist before considering acting on any of the information discussed in this tutorial.

Insulin Tutorial 2-1
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Choosing the insulin dose

We have agreed that you ought to be capable of changing your insulin dose whenever necessary (after consulting your doctor / health-carer)

Before we discuss this important subject there are one or two things that we must remember.

1. What are you trying to achieve by choosing the correct dose of insulin?

"Good control of diabetes"


What do you understand by good control of diabetes?

Please type below what you understand by the phrase "good control of diabetes".

2. What is the best way of controlling diabetes?

By one injection of insulin a day?
By two injections of insulin a day?
With a long-acting insulin?
Or with a mixture of regular insulin and long-acting insulin?
By conventional insulin therapy, or by intensive conventional insulin therapy?

Please type below what you think is the best way of controlling your diabetes.
Now we are going to learn how you can change your dose of insulin and how you can adapt it to a given metabolic situation.

Diabetes Insulin Tutorial
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The information presented at this site is for general use only and is not intended to provide personal medical advice or substitute for the advice of your doctor or diabetes specialist. If you have any questions about any of the information presented here, concerns about individual health matters or the management of your diabetes, please consult your doctor or diabetes specialist
The material in this on-line Diabetes / Insulin Tutorial has been drawn from a number of different sources.
However the original Web-based version can be found at the AIDA Website at: http://www.2aida.org/tutorial.

AIDA diabetes software simulator program of glucose-insulin interaction