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Blood Glucose Curve Tests

Junior, Summer 2009

Bichon Junior - Three curves

June - July, 2009

Originally posted Monday, 10 August 2009; 19:44:08

Junior starts out
with Vetsulin

Junior - Three curves,summmer 2009

[cwb100009zop-jun3crv7.jpg] Bichon Junior, Three Curves
Individual readings shown in data table, below.

Junior was diagnosed with diabetes on 26 March, 2009

Junior's veterinarian started him out on 4 units of Vetsulin, twice daily, but soon dropped that to three units twice daily. The first curve shown here gives a strong indication of why the dose might have been dropped, as Junior's BG (blood glucose) level dropped sharply and steeply at first - on three units.

Vetsulin, and its counterpart in Canada, Europe and elsewhere, Caninsulin, have a 30% component of insulin that is relatively fast-acting. This is the "amorphous" part, where the active insulin is dissolved in the fluid. This part is likely to reach its peak action some four hours after injection, remaining effective for perhaps 8 hours longer.

The 70% remaining contains crystals that are suspended in the fluid, but not dissolved. This part is slower-acting; it is absorbed more slowly than the amorphous part, and it may reach its peak action about 11 hours after injection.

I notice Junior's HumanMum, Maureen, feeds Junior "By The Book," going by the Vetsulin web site FAQ for veterinarians.

However, Maureen says Junior did not have lunch nor snacks during the taking of the three curves shown on the chart here. She said it takes Junior about three days to recover from the stress of a curve test day, and get back to his normal state.

Data table for Junior

Normally, Junior eats at 8:15 a.m. and p.m., has lunch about 3 p.m. as well, and a snack about 7 p.m. However, he did not have food after his breakfast on the three days of the curves shown in the chart.

Tracking Junior's curves

To make it easier to follow progress in a dog featured here, I am adding a kind of tracking list, which merely links to other charts for the same dog.

  1. Junior 1

Junior has only one page here at the moment.

Junior, Three Curves, 2009
List of Readings

Junior's data table from Open Office Calc

[cw40107op-jun3crvdat1.jpg] List of readings for Junior

Original readings here are in mg/dL

We use a formula to let the Open Office Calc program convert readings from the U.S. standard measurement for blood glucose levels, which is expressed in mg/dL (milligrams per deciLiter) to the standard measurement used in most of the rest of the world, mmol/L (millimoles per liter).

To make the conversion, I divided the mg/dL readings by 18.02. Some people don't bother with the two-one-hundredths, and just use the figure of 18 to make the conversion.

We hope to follow Junior's progress from time to time.

Thanks to Maureen and Junior for permitting publication of his data and chart on Coherent Dog,

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