Just curious to know what other peoples 24 hour daily basal needs are. I am LADA, been on insulin for 2 years. Started off on only 2 units basal a day! I am now up to 12 units of basal (pumping) per day. Is this a small amount? I'm 26 years old, eat pretty low carb, and weigh 100 lbs. I'm noticing my basal needs have obviously increased over the past two years is this normal and do they continue to increase over time? How many units of basal do you take?
I am probably LADA and I take about 18 units of basal a day. I take 0 - 6 units of bolus/day. No pump. When I started was about 8 units/day but that was about 5 years and 2 pregnancies ago.
My basal is affected by exercise and I reduce it by about 30-50% depending on how much endurance exercise I do (started training for triathlon). It is also affected by total calories consumed the previous day. I am trying to lose weight now and with restricting intake to 12-1500 calories I'm also finding that I need to reduce basal (still experimenting with that).
I take 30 units a day, down from 80! I was taking a bunch of medication that made me insulin resistent and gain weight. Now I have lost all the weight. I don't take much for bolus maybe 8-10 units a day. I can't eat much right now, so the basal covers me all day and night. It is a big improvement and I feel great. I can't wait until I start exercising again, then my basal should go even lower.
oh yeah, I am Type 1 for 24 years and on MDI.
I take 20.5U/ day, 190 lbs, 45 years old.
Thanks for the thread LiL MaMa. This is useful info since my Pharmacist did a double take the other day when I told her how much Levemir I took daily. It looks like I'm in the norm with 18 units daily and I'm still on Prednisone.
Type 1(51 years), 116 pounds, MDI
When I was on Lantus I took two shots for a total of 35 units.
On the pump I had no idea, but just looked it up and my basal is 16.45 units a day, hmmmm does that sound right??
*peeks* It looks like your A1C, at least what's posted, took a step in the right direction? How are you feeling?
With me, when my basal is "hot", I end up noticing that I'm eating a lot of snacks (usually jelly beans/ smarties...I mix them up...) and sometimes gain a couple of pounds and will turn it down. And then see no snacks but sort of hankering for food and it goes back the other way. It's onerous but keeps my BG where I want it.
If your BG is cool and you are feeling well (I know we've talked about feeling bad sometimes too...), then your basals ok but if things hit you that you don't like, maybe it's an opportunity to adjust things?
i do the same thing with the "hot" basal. then i can eat. and then i ease up and get hungry, wish i was a robot that didnt have to eat, go back to the "hot". i find i can exercise and do stuff with more freedom when im running hot, not so afraid of hypos...
160 lbs, on a pump. 10.5 u/day, usually between 40 and 50% of tdd.
I started on 10 units at diagnosis 6 years ago, went down to about 7 or 8 as my body settled down and have come back up to about 11 units . I've been pumping for the last 4.5 years.
I take 17u basal per day in a pump. But it's a very personal thing -- each of us varies in how insulin resistant we are (ranging from extremely sensitive to extremely resistant), how much exercise we do, how we respond to food (sometimes part of our food is covered by the basal), and who knows what else. But I don't think the amount of insulin you're taking is what's important -- to me, it's keeping good BG control, and being able to eat comfortably without obsessing on numbers. And in your case, running after young'uns -- I'm sure you spend a good amount of energy on that! :-)