If you take one shot of long- or intermediate-acting insulin, there are several ways to get the bolus of insulin you need for meals. Some people with type 2 diabetes may be able to make enough insulin to cover the post-meal increase in blood glucose. For these people, providing the basal insulin helps their pancreas to do its job better. Another option is to take oral diabetes medications. These medications can provide the coverage needed for meals. Still another possibility is to take a combination of insulins. You can take a rapid- or short-acting insulin along with your morning shot of NPH insulin. This gives you a bolus of insulin to cover your breakfast meal. You can either use pre-mixed insulins or mix two types of insulin in one injection.
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