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What are insulin doses for?

Before you got diabetes, your pancreas made the insulin you needed to keep your blood glucose in the normal range. The pancreas made a small amount of insulin throughout the day and night that was released in a steady stream. This is the basal insulin level. When you ate and your blood glucose level began to rise, the pancreas released a burst, or bolus, of insulin.

Insulin doses are planned to work as much like the body as possible. Rapid- and short-acting insulins are bolus insulins. Intermediate- and long-acting insulins are basal insulins. Most people with diabetes take both a basal and a bolus insulin.

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