Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bolus insulin before or after meals?

One of my favorite moments on my vacation was meeting Diane. Diane is... Oh, let me see if I can get this right. She is my husband's aunt's sister-in-law. We were all vacationing together up in Wisconsin. Diane has Type 1 diabetes and uses a pink Medronic pump

My ping looks bigger, but it cracked me up that we both had pink pumps.

Diane boluses after meals. I bolus before. I was wondering if there is any advantage to bolusing afterward? Do any of you bolus after?

I was taught to test, bolus, eat. I just found it interesting that Diane does it differently. Either way, it was neat spending time with someone else who speaks my language. Carb counting with friends is the best way to go.


  1. I think it depends on how quickly our bodies process our food and insulin. I bolus about 20 minutes before eating, otherwise I always spike high. But I know people with gastroparesis who bolus after they eat because it takes their bodies a long time to digest what they've eaten.

  2. Ah! That makes sense. Thanks Karen!



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