I use a Medtronic Paradigm 522 Insulin Pump which has Basal Rates in increments of 0.05 units/hour.
I'm always changing my mind about which kind of Temporary Basal Rate to use:

1. Insulin Rate (U/H)
2. Percentage of Basal

I'm curious as to which is the most popular method and why. Maybe if I had a newer Pump with increments of 0.025 U/H this would not be so important. Please reply with your method of choice.

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I'm not sure which one is the most popular but, I use Insulin Rate.
I just toss a percentage in there. Pretty simple!
I used % on my Cozmo and now that I have Animas, % seems to be the only option.

The Cozmo let me change in 5% increments and the Animas only allows 10%, which is kind of annoying since the Animas can adjust basal in smaller increments for regular basal rates.

I find if I exercise in the afternoon/evening doing an overnight 8-hour temporary basal of -10% works perfectly. Setting that basal rate allows me to wake up at a perfect number (around 5.5) in the morning. If I forget to do that -10% I end up going low in the middle of the night or waking up low in the morning, if I've exercised the afternoon/evening before.
Ok, so what am I missing here? Seems like everyone is using % except me. Please explain why?

Jen, when you use the temp basal overnight, don't you get an alarm all night long reminding you that you're on temp basal? How do you get any sleep?
Nope, that's an optional alarm so I turn it off.

On my Cozmo I used to get it because you couldn't turn it off (that I know of) and it drove me crazy, so I didn't use the temporary basal as much as I could have.
It's such a quiet little beep on the Ping I don't bother turning it off. Never wakes me up.. neither does the 'last bolus 2 hrs ago...' beep wake me. That's why I sleep with the dex under the pillow on vibrate/beep LOL
I like the %age too, like I'm revving up the Millenium Falcon full of Jediabetic Knights...
I use % for temporary changes and for experiments. I only change insulin rate when I think the change will be "permanent".

I'm with Maurie, % changes are way easier for me and make more sense (again, for me) for a temp change.
I also use per cent basal. I've tried temporary basal, but don't always remember to turn it back.




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