Insulin (cont.)
Short Acting Insulin:
Some examples of short acting insulin are Humalog and Novolog.
How it helps
Short acting insulin helps control spikes in blood sugar from the food you eat. Always use short acting insulin on a sliding scale provided by your doctor. This means that prior to injecting your short acting insulin, you will have to measure your blood sugar.
What to watch for
Short acting insulin may result in dangerously low blood sugar. If you take more insulin than your sliding scale indicates, you may experience low blood sugar. Make sure to have a snack or sugar on hand in case you feel the symptoms of low blood sugar.
Some patients report weight gain after starting short acting insulin.