Your First 7 Days on NovoLog®

Day 1: Get Started with NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA orgin] injection)

Filling your prescription

To help you manage your diabetes, your diabetes care team added NovoLog® rapid-acting mealtime insulin to your diabetes care plan. This can help control your blood sugar after eating and help with your diabetes management. Fill the prescription right away, even if you have a sample. It’s important to take your insulin without stopping as prescribed by your diabetes care team. So make sure you don’t run out. If you are eligible to use the Instant Savings Card, don’t forget to bring it to the pharmacy!

Taking mealtime insulin

Take NovoLog® 5 to 10 minutes before eating—as directed by your health care provider. 

If you are using NovoLog® FlexPen®:

  1. Read the Using FlexPen® section on this website for step-by-step instructions
  2. Watch this video

FlexPen® Demo Video
(7:05 min)

This video shows you how to use your NovoLog® FlexPen®.


Testing your blood sugar

Be sure to test and write down your blood sugar readings daily, as directed by your diabetes care team. Now that you have added mealtime insulin, you may need to check your blood sugar more often—usually 1 to 2 hours after a meal.


Day 2: Fitting Healthy Habits Into Your Day

Meals and your mealtime insulin go hand-in-hand. To help you remember to take your dose, set reminders on your cell phone. Or leave notes on your refrigerator, microwave, lunch bag, or desk. Before you know it, taking insulin will become part of your daily routine like it already is for millions of others like you. 

Remember to write down your blood sugar numbers as often as you can. You can download a free blood sugar diary from Cornerstones4Care®, or sign up for the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach and use the interactive blood sugar tracker.

Did you take your first dose yesterday? Keep track of the units you take. You and your diabetes care team can use your blood sugar diary to track and adjust your dose as needed. 


Day 3: Want Some Extra Support?

Get started with the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach today to get content chosen just for you based on where you are in your diabetes journey.

Start now and get:

  • Support during your first 90 days (3 months) of starting your mealtime insulin—that important time before the next visit with your diabetes care team
  • E-coaching sessions and videos on topics that matter to you
  • The ability to track your progress as you start to make healthy changes to your life
  • A Medicine Tracker Tool that gives you reminders for daily doses, refills, or doctor’s appointments

Sign Up Now!


Day 4: Are You Staying Active?

Activity is important to staying healthy. Start slowly. Then try adding small activities each day.

Go for a walk with a friend or do some light yard work. Try parking in a spot that’s farther than usual from where you are going. You don’t have to join a gym to stay active. Be sure to check with your diabetes care team before starting any new activities.


Day 5: Are Your Loved Ones A Part of Your Health Care Team?

Your friends and family can provide great support in helping you manage your diabetes. Involve them early on, whether it’s with your insulin treatment, a doctor’s appointment, cooking a healthy meal, or going for a walk.

Visit the Cornerstones4Care® Menu Planner for help in making tasty, diabetes-friendly recipes with your friends and family. We also have some kid-friendly recipes for your little ones with type 1 diabetes.

Type 1? Reach for extra support! By joining Cornerstones4Care®, you will also be enrolled in the Reach type 1 diabetes support program. Get timely e-mails, newsletters, videos, and valuable tools to help you and your family manage type 1 diabetes. 

Join Now!


Day 6: How Is Your Mealtime Insulin Working Out For You?

Take a look at your blood sugar diary. Any patterns you’d like to bring up with your health care provider? Are your activities and meal plan helping? At your next visit, you’ll learn your A1C, a number that shows your average blood sugar over 3 months.

Be patient about your results. Try not to be upset if you don’t reach your blood sugar goals on the first day. The important thing is to stick with your treatment and follow your health care plan. 


Day 7: Congratulations! Welcome To The End Of Your First Week!

Take a moment to check off your progress. Make it a goal to have everything done by the end of next week. Try not to feel stressed. Small steps are a big deal. If you didn’t do it all, keep taking it one step at a time. And know that we’re here to help. Visit our FAQs section if you have any questions about NovoLog®. If you can’t find the answers there, or you have other questions about your diabetes care plan, call a member of your diabetes care team.

Check off what you’ve done

  • I filled my first prescription and took my first dose on my own
  • I’m confident in preparing and using my mealtime insulin 5 to 10 minutes before eating
  • I’m using my blood sugar diary to write down my blood sugar readings    
  • I registered for the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach
  • I found some easy things to do to stay active
  • I’ve prepared and eaten a few diabetes-friendly meals at home    
  • I’ve asked my loved ones to be part of my diabetes care team

Remember, mealtime insulin is part of your diabetes treatment now. Keep trying ways to work it into your daily routine, like brushing your teeth or getting dressed in the morning.

You can download a PDF version of this 7-days guide by clicking here.

Don’t forget that the Diabetes Health Coach is there for you. Visit today to get started.

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