What is the Difference between Basal insulin and Bolus insulin?

basal insulin and bolus insulin

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Another nice lady who worked in Teva Pharmaceuticals was Caire Doherty.

She worked mainly in the Solid Dose Department but did some inhalations too when I worked in the Research And Development Department!

She was a great worker who helped me with Solid Dose as I was new to the job for awhile and she gave me great advice and is a very kind person!

Claire loves dogs like I do and I met her in my local vets in Carrick-on-Suir called Suirside Veterinary Clinic!

She has two Female Golden Retrievers that look very well cared for!

As you know from a previous article I had a Golden Retriever called Keano so I was happy to see Claire with the same breed!

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Basal insulin refers to the insulin required to control your blood sugar in the absence of food intake.

A certain amount of insulin is always necessary to keep the blood sugar in the normal range, even in the absence of eating for prolonged periods.

Without any insulin in the body, the carbohydrates in food will not break down which has severe health consequences and this occurs in people with Type 1 diabetes.

In Type 1 diabetes the pancreas produces no insulin,the nutrients in food are not broken down because no insulin is present,this results in high blood sugar levels(hyperglycemia) and the person with diabetes needs to inject themselves with insulin in order to stabilise their blood sugar levels.

The amount of insulin that the body requires in the absence of food intake is known as the basal requirement and it is provided by the one injection of long-acting insulin that most diabetics give themselves each day.

If a person is using an insulin pump, then it is covered by the basal setting on the pump.

Bolus insulin refers to the insulin required to breakdown the nutrients in food.

This is typically provided by the short-acting insulin injection given just prior to eating or by the bolus setting for diabetics on an insulin pump.

The latest insulin pumps offer different rates and patterns in which this bolus is given, in order to more effectively deal with rapidly or more slowly absorbed types of foods.

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