- to answer your question, no, diabetics don’t leave their sugar high that long. Insulin average is about 4 hours or more. So if it’s been past this time frame you need a correction dose. You will need to know your correction ratio to achieve this. Your doctor will help you develop this over time. But here is a quick formula for your education.
If your correction ratio was 1/10, meaning 1 unit of insulin drops your glucose 10mg/dL. If your goal is 130 mg/dL and you are currently have a glucose of 286 mg/dL here is your results.
(Current Glucose - Goal) / Correction Ratio(X) = Units needed for goal
(286 - 130)/10=15.6 units needed to hit 130
If your ratio is 1/30
(286-130)/30=5.2 units needed
The X factor in there are the little things like working out, high activity, sitting in the sun will all change your sensitive for a moment. and you will need to lower your dosage by a percentage. This is also something you learn and develop over time.
These ratios are different for everyone and can also change over time as you become less insulin sensitive. But your doctor and/or educators will help you with this.
see an endocrinologist. PCPs can’t be certified in type I, many are in type II, but we are a different ball game.
you need to carb count. Doesn’t matter if you eat 1 carb or 100. You need to know that number. Additionally, I would really recommend staying off low carb diets for newly diagnosed patients for sure. Since most are very insulin sensitive and might need lower doses of insulin. If you starve your body of carbs you essentially are making it harder for yourself to learn.
record your carbs in a journal and the amount of insulin taken, plus what was your reading 4 hours later? Data is your friend. Can be in a jounal book or an app like MyNetDiary for diabetics. But data is king. Don’t go to your doctor with feelings and expect real solutions or results. All type I diabetes will become is a big math problem, so best you start learning. Also record your insulin doses at your fav restaurants and meals. We essentially are creatures of habit and it’s good to know these numbers. Over time you learn what you need depending on where you eat.