An insulin sliding scale for diabetes management can be found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website. Each dose of insulin is determined by a person’s blood sugar level prior to eating a meal.
The sliding scale is most often used in inpatient settings such as hospitals, says Healthline, and it is prescribed by a physician. For this method of insulin dosing to be most effective it is recommended that the carbohydrate content of each meal be consistent, states the Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California, San Francisco. The DTC cautions that the sliding scale does not take into account changes in blood sugar throughout the day due to snacks, activity or stress.