Day 6: What Does Improved Blood Sugar Control Look Like?
It May Be a Range of Numbers
“One of the biggest myths about diabetes is that perfect behavior equals perfect glucose measurements.
And it just isn't the case. Sometimes, you're a little higher. Sometimes, you're a little lower. You may
think you've done exactly the same thing each time. But there may be very small variations that cause changes, and may not be easily explained. But over time, by keeping this log and this journal,
it enables me to look for trends. And that's the most important thing.”
Bill, taking Lantus® SoloSTAR® since 2008
Keep a Blood Sugar Log and Review It
Checking your blood sugar levels is important in helping you reach your blood sugar goals. Your doctor will give
you specific instructions on how often and when to check. You can use our blood sugar log to keep a
record of your results. You’ll then have a picture of your body’s response to your diabetes plan that will help
your doctor better understand how your treatment is going. He or she may recommend a change in:
- Your dose, or in the time you take it
- When and what you eat
- The timing or the amount of exercise
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends the following guidelines for blood glucose levels for most patients with type 2 diabetes:
Before meals or upon waking:
2 hours after the start of a meal:
70 - 130 mg/dL
Less than 180 mg/dL
The ADA also recommends an A1C result of 7% or less. While your blood glucose results at home tell you what
your blood sugar level is at that time, A1C measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3
months and gives you and your doctor an overall picture of how well your treatment plan is working. Of course,
you should talk to your doctor to see which blood sugar and A1C levels are right for you.
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.
Click here for Full Prescribing Information for Lantus®.
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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.