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.

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Thoughts on diet

Here are a few thoughts about diet:

The diet which you work out immediately after diagnosis may have to be changed from time to time. You may need fewer or more calories. Perhaps you may have to change your insulin preparation. This will oblige you to redistribute the carbohydrates between the different meals.

2. At first it is always difficult to come to terms with a diet. But before long you will get used to it.

3. You can construct your diet with foods which you can buy in any food store or supermarket. It is just a matter of choosing the right foods and distributing them correctly throughout the day.

4. When you are working out your meals, plan to include the foods which you like. After all, why should you go without them?

5. The foods which you choose for your meals should be the same as those which other members of your family eat.

Lastly, try to remember these principles:

During conventional therapy you need to divide your carbohydrate intake into 6 or 7 meals and adapt it to the existing effect of the long-acting insulin.

During intensive conventional therapy you need to adjust the dose of soluble insulin to suit the carbohydrate intake at each meal.

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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.

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