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?
Type 1, 5 years, 19.4 units of basal a day. My TDD is usually around 35-36.
I am an LADA diabetic as well I take 1.35 units per hour, which equals 32.4 units per day. I usually take another 15-18 units per day for bolus insulin. My endo claims that is about average for someone of my age and size.
I'm also Lada. When I was started on Insulin I was in the ER/ICU in DKA- it was given slowly by iv with fluids. One of my nurses said I wasn't using much insulin once I was out of DKA, starting to eat and stabilizing- I was still on IV insulin and fluids then. When they switched me to pens I was on 30 units per day for the basal. That dropped dramatically in the next few weeks as my needs decreased. I'm now taking 10 units Lantus per day in 2 doses and my bolus and correction are usually 10 - 20 units novolog.
old thread but I too started out with using only about 2 units levemir during honeymoon, eventually just kept having to add more. I started my Omnipod on Tuesday, we used 25% less my levemir and I'm also using 12 units basal on pump. I weigh about 105 lbs. seems like so much insulin but my doc said no, not at all.
Also, i too was low carbing and it really does effect how your body reacts to carbs...I eventually had to start bolusing for protein and everything, seemed like carbs just spiked me. My Endo told me I've made myself so sensitive to carbs. Analog insulins work best with carbs, not made really for proteins. Add back carbs slowly and you'll be able to eat them. Nothing wrong with them and your insulin will work better. That's what I'm doing now. Seems to be working. Nice to eat something other then meat and veggies..ha!
Just remember that everyone's different, both in body height, weight, and insulin sensitivity. If I asked you how much water you need to put out a fire, the answer is obvious: enough. So you'll see a wide variety of answers here, and and there's no such thing as "a lot" or "a little". There's only "enough". The goal for ALL of us is to control BGs, not to worry about how much insulin we're taking. So I hope you're getting good control, and enjoying life!