How much is too much – insulin

How much is too much – insulin

145 units of insulin a day, is this dose of insulin too much?

A person without diabetes makes approximately 30 to 40 units of insulin a day.  We usually think of the dose in terms of body weight and people with Type 1 diabetes (non-pregnant) use about 0.5 to 1.0 unit per kg of body weight, so about 35 to 70 units a day typically.  If some one with type 1 diabetes becomes pregnant then the  hormones from the placenta block how insulin works, they become insulin resistant and so need more insulin. The dose will often go up one and a half to two fold, ie if you were on 60 units a day pre pregnancy you could easily end up on 100 – 120 units a day.

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