Help / i notice that without a basal dose after a few hours my blood sugar stay the same?

Example: i take my Lantus at night. i usually take it around 11 pm. However, once in a while on weekends i forget or i take late. So last night i forgot to take it and Blood sugar before sleeping was 80ish, the i sleep until 1 pm ( yeah i know.. too much) and i woke up with 87ish.

So i have been with out Lantus for so many hours and my blood sugar stayed the same and did not spike. I have noticed this already a couple of times. Please enlighten me because this does not make much sense. I take 20-22 units of lantus and during the day 8-25 units of rapid insulin. I have been on the same lantus dose since i have been diagnose (6 years ago). Help… :)

Views: 183

Comment by Trudy on June 25, 2012 at 5:35am

Lantus can build up in your system. Quite possibly you are getting the benefit of that buildup. You need to find a way to remind yourself to take your Lantus on time, though. Good luck.

Comment by Scott Wilkins on June 25, 2012 at 3:48pm

Diabetes is an ever-chaning thing for each person. There could be a lot of factors that led to your experience. I agree with Trudy though with that possibility. Diabetes reacts to what you take, what you eat, how you eat, how you play or not and even your emotional state. Good luck with your continued efforts, and be ready, they can be a challenge from time to time.

Comment by Teowyn on June 25, 2012 at 4:06pm

Another factor is that the lantus you take at one specific time does not begin to act in your body for a while (I've seen literature that says up to 19 hours, but it varies by individual--that's one reason that they recommend not basal testing the day that you change your dose). So, you might have a situation where you forget or are late one day, but you don't really feel the effects until the next day, when the lantus that you missed finally is supposed to be working and is not there.

Comment by KML on June 25, 2012 at 4:50pm

I am on Humulin N. NPH and I have forgotten my evening dose and have had similar experiences. However, my BS seems to be higher the following day. At some point I have heard of something called a pre-dawn theory....not quite sure what it is but maybe this is why...I dunno.

Comment by renka on June 25, 2012 at 8:17pm
Trudy is correct... When I was starting the pump and getting off the lantus that is exactly what I was told..... The lantus builds up in your body. I wish it were a sign that you didn't need insulin but, sorry!
Comment by Alessio Alex on June 26, 2012 at 5:09pm

Thank you all for your help !! i wish the best for all


You need to be a member of Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service