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I know this is a stupid question to some and I see it mentioned alot. Can anyone tell me what ii means?????

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Generally speaking there are NO stupid questions about Diabetes.



Bolus is when you inject/pump extra amount of fast-acting insulin to cover a low or, more often it the insulin you inject to cover any food you have eaten.

or more accurately, the # of carbs you have ingested
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Bolus is when you inject/pump extra amount of fast-acting insulin to cover a low


Ummmm I would hate to be around you when I'm low. :goodnight
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bolus can be used both ways. Diabetics refer to an injection of insulin to counter high blood glucose while the medical profession uses bolus correctly to mean an injection to correct a condition quickly - high or low. They use it to correct lows by injecting a sugar fluid(simplified) when the patient cannot take anything orally.
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Whewww I got scared a minute there. I was thinking bolus was for only a correction of high or for intake of food. I will now have to add that to my diabetic terms.
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Bolus is when you inject/pump extra amount of fast-acting insulin to cover a low



Ummmm I would hate to be around you when I'm low.



You mean like I was when I wrote this? lol

Actually, I was thinking of the tubes of glucose I get and use sometimes when I'm low----was taught by CDE that wife ( or kindly stranger) was to inject (squeeze) the contents into mouth.


My VERY Bad,

it should have read

Bolus is when you inject/pump extra amount of fast-acting insulin to cover a low or high, more often, it's the insulin you inject to cover any food you have eaten.



Thanks for pointing out my mistakecamjen1

bolus

SYLLABICATION: bo·lus
PRONUNCIATION: bls
NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. bo·lus·es
1. A round mass: “A dense bolus of trapped dolphins fills the frame” (Kenneth Browser). 2a. A single, relatively large quantity of a substance, such as a dose of a drug, intended for therapeutic use and taken orally. b. A concentrated mass of a substance administered intravenously for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. 3. A soft mass of chewed food within the mouth or alimentary canal.


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Let me correct myself. I did not to mean that the diabetic community uses bolus wrong - it is just being used to mean something specific when it has more meanings that do apply to diabetics as well.
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I assumed bolus only ment for a correction or intake of food. Now that you mention what a bolus ment for correcting a low means makes total sense now. :)
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You mean like I was when I wrote this? lol

Actually, I was thinking of the tubes of glucose I get and use sometimes when I'm low----was taught by CDE that wife ( or kindly stranger) was to inject (squeeze) the contents into mouth.


My VERY Bad,

it should have read




Thanks for pointing out my mistakecamjen1



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Fast acting insulin only for highs.

Carbohydrate bolus for lows. But for purposes of this board, it means fast acting insulin for highs or food.

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BOLUS is latin for 'lump' and in diabetes usage is a poor choice term meaning ... to add insulin in a 'lump' amount as opposed to BASAL (another poor choice latin usage) which
means 'low or base' hence BASE rate (Basal rate). Unfortunately many medical terms have their root origins in Latin which stems back to medieval times when Latin institutions
had a monopoly on written data (similar to Botanics).

In reality UK we know BASAL to be our 'daily insulin ('Base') rate' and BOLUS to be our 'instant insulin inject rate ('lump' of insulin at once!)'

You could refer to BASAL as your 'base' rate amount and BOLUS as your instant 'lump' inject amount.

Ah Latin, it can make a mockery of learning and over-complicate things... I mean, why call a spade a spade when you can refer to it as
'AN INORGANO ORGANO INTERFACE MODULE'

Why cut out the fog by using plain english when you can bring down a thick mist of latin and confuse everybody.

Our ancient ancestors named the chickadee because of the simple sound it made... 'chickadee, chickadee, chickadee'
Yet in our local zoo a professor refers to this chickadee as 'a great crested tit' (you should see the latin name!!!) :)

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BOLUS is latin for 'lump' and in diabetes usage is a poor choice term meaning ... to add insulin in a 'lump' amount as opposed to BASAL (another poor choice latin usage) which
means 'low or base' hence BASE rate (Basal rate). Unfortunately many medical terms have their root origins in Latin which stems back to medieval times when Latin institutions
had a monopoly on written data (similar to Botanics).

In reality UK we know BASAL to be our 'daily insulin ('Base') rate' and BOLUS to be our 'instant insulin inject rate ('lump' of insulin at once!)'

You could refer to BASAL as your 'base' rate amount and BOLUS as your instant 'lump' inject amount.

Ah Latin, it can make a mockery of learning and over-complicate things... I mean, why call a spade a spade when you can refer to it as
'AN INORGANO ORGANO INTERFACE MODULE'

Why cut out the fog by using plain english when you can bring down a thick mist of latin and confuse everybody.

Our ancient ancestors named the chickadee because of the simple sound it made... 'chickadee, chickadee, chickadee'
Yet in our local zoo a professor refers to this chickadee as 'a great crested tit' (you should see the latin name!!!) :)


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