If you’re going to stack anything, stack paper. Stacking insulin is beyond dangerous. If you aren’t familiar with stacking insulin, here’s how it works:
If you give yourself an insulin correction within three hours of a previous correction, you are stacking insulin.
1. Your blood sugar is high. You feel (insert any number of adjectives here).
2. You’ve taken a correction dose but your blood sugar didn’t come down.
3. You take another correction, and another, and another...until:
That insulin hits all at the same time.
You’d have a ton of active insulin on board when your blood sugar finally decides to come spiraling down. This can be extremely dangerous. The best-case scenario is a minor low blood sugar. The worst case? We won’t go there.
It is obvious that we want to lower high blood sugar levels when necessary. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that dictates how long it will take for your glucose levels to level out again. What is critical to avoid is dangerously low blood sugars that can cause hypoglycemia. Don’t stack your insulin. Instead, keep yourself hydrated and be patient.
If you need help with managing your blood sugars and learning your own personal dosing strategy, our team is here to help!