max quantity of insulin taken in a day

i have heard that a person can take insulin according to his weight for better control, is it true. because i have tried a lot but slowly slowly i m reaching the figure of 80 units a day as my weight is 80kg . please advise

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Comment by Bjørn Inge Vikhammermo Berg on May 18, 2013 at 4:56am

You should take as many units as you need. What that figure is, is different from person to person. For example, I weigh 90kg and use between 60-100 units of novorapid a day, depending on what I eat and how much I exercise.

Comment by MM on May 18, 2013 at 5:13pm

There are some formulas that doctors use to estimate the starting insulin for newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes. But then it is usually adjusted. Some books will state what the 'average' is, but it's just that, an average. You need what you need. I take about 1/3 unit per KG. If you eat more carbs or are less active, you will typically need 'more' than average. If you have 'insulin resistance', you will likely need more.

The question is - are your BG levels within range ? Are you too high or too low often ? That's how you know if you have the right amount of insulin and food.

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