Day 4: Using Your Blood Sugar Log
to Find the Right Dose
Everyone's diabetes treatment plan (which may include diet, exercise, and other diabetes medicines) is different.
When you start on Lantus®, your doctor will most likely prescribe a low dose. During the first few months,
your doctor will follow up to see how well it helps lower your blood sugar and may decide to adjust the dose, a little
at a time, until you’re getting the right amount of Lantus®. You’re not doing anything wrong. This is a normal part of the process.
To help monitor your progress, it’s important to check your blood sugar levels as directed by your doctor—and keep
track of them using your blood sugar log.
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Why Keep a Blood Sugar Log?
With a completed blood sugar log, you’ll have a picture of your body’s response to your treatment plan. This will help your
doctor better understand how your treatment is going. And allow you to react quickly to your blood sugar levels.
Be a Detective, Notice Patterns
Examine your blood sugar log often to see if there are patterns between food, activity, stress, and your blood sugar
levels. If you see patterns of “out-of-range” blood sugar levels, talk to your doctor about adjusting your treatment
plan so that you can reduce the frequency of high and low blood sugar levels.
If your readings are higher than what your doctor recommends, you may need to:
Reduce the amount of food you are eating
Increase your physical activity
Ask your doctor about adjusting your treatment plan
No matter how well you’re following your plan, your blood sugar levels won’t always be perfect.
Your blood sugar results may not always be where you want them to be. Don't consider it a personal failure. It's information that can help you react appropriately so that you can help improve blood sugar control.
And, don’t forget, you’re never alone. If you have any questions, you can always contact a member of your healthcare team.
Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the
inactive ingredients in Lantus®.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®.
Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your
healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution.
It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be
serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless
with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may
experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.
Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life-threatening. It may cause harm to your
heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions,
including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including
itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life-threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they
can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your
doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems,
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to
Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin
pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and
follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.
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The health information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes
only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding
your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions
about your health or treatment.