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 3-Summary
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What have we learnt in this section?

You have finished Section 3 of the Diabetes / Insulin Tutorial - the section concerned with food intake and insulin adjustment in intensive conventional insulin therapy.

We have learnt that, now that you have intensive therapy, you can choose when and how much you want to eat.

You can gain much freedom in your meal plan. Like people who do not have diabetes, you can have three main meals a day. Intermediate snacks are possible, but not compulsory.

We have realized that the diet of someone with diabetes on intensive therapy does not have to be so different from that of people who do not have diabetes. People with diabetes can eat normal foods, and can choose those which they like.

We have learnt that it is possible to enjoy parties and other special occasions. It is feasible to adapt insulin intake to fit quantity and timing of carbohydrates.

Keep in mind, however, that food intake is not the only factor in determining insulin needs. We must take into account physical exercise and activity too.

And errors are always possible, causing episodes of hypoglycaemia. Should this happen, you must always have some sugar with you, so you will be able to treat the 'hypos' yourself.

In the next lesson (Section 4) we will learn about sugar in the urine and its relationship to sugar in the blood.

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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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