Overview of Meal Therapy modes

What are Meal Therapy modes?

Meal Therapy modes describe how you decide how much insulin to take with meals. The InPen system offers three different options designed to meet your diabetes management needs: Fixed Dose, Meal Estimation, and Carb Counting. These therapy settings increase in precision as you progress from Fixed Dose to Meal Estimation to Carb Counting.

During the set up of your Therapy Settings, select the Meal Therapy mode that your healthcare provider prescribed. If you do not know your Meal Therapy settings, contact your healthcare provider.

NOTE: Your Meal Therapy mode is part of your prescription. Once you have selected your Meal Therapy mode, you cannot increase the precision of your Meal Therapy type without contacting our support team. See “How to Change my Meal Therapy Mode” for more details.


Understanding the Meal Therapy Mode prescribed by my HCP

Fixed Dose 

“I take a set amount of insulin with each meal” 

Dose recommendations are based on a fixed amount of insulin to take with each meal type (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack). The dose amount may be different for each meal. The dose calculator will consider your current glucose and Active Insulin, and will adjust the recommendation, if needed, to bring the glucose level back to target. 

Meal Estimation

“I estimate the size of each meal” 

Dose recommendations are based on an estimate of the size of each meal, relative to carbohydrates (e.g. low, medium, high carb meals).  The dose may be different based on meal type and size. The dose calculator will consider your current glucose and Active Insulin, and will adjust the recommendation, if needed, to bring the glucose level back to target.

Carb Counting

“I count the number of carbs I eat each meal” 

Dose recommendations are based on the exact amount of carbohydrates within each meal. Doses are calculated using an insulin to carb ratio. The dose calculator will consider your current glucose and Active Insulin, and will adjust the recommendation, if needed, to bring the glucose level back to target.

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