Hi, I would like to know how can I set the temporal basal rate or patterns when I am going to exercise.
I began with my insulin pump for 2 weeks ago. I could not exercise because I don´t know How can I change the Basal rate for the exercise.

Would you mind helping me to do that? I only need to know what it is the way I can set the Temp Basal in my Insulin Pump Minimed Paradigm 723.


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Under the "Basal" menu there will be a choice of "Set Temp Basal". It will let you choose how much less inulin you want to use and for how long, 30min-24 hours. How much you decrease the basal varies by person, so it will be somewhat of a trial and error. Test A ALOT while you are figuring this out and always carry some rapid glucose with you too. Don't want to get a hypo while you're figuring it all out!
Hi Alejandra !

This will be much of trial and error at first... You need first to know what you will do and how long will you do it... As you will see with some short exercise. Perhaps you should try with 0% TBR at first and then increase... If exercise is short (till 1.5 hours, you might even try going off pump (if exercise needs it)). With longer exercise you might need to use some insulin... And like Justin said test... if you can... At first you will also need also a lot of rapid glucose (this comes in different sizes).
For example (from me/ for me):
1. If you go in mountains, check your BG before start, it should be a little higher 8 (if it is too high, more than 12 don't try to give yourself more insulin). Go to Temporal 0%, and check Bg every 15 minutes, if BG goes down rapidly, take fast acting glucose... Repeat... Going to mountains with pump is much different that with pen/injections...
2. I did dancing for a while (nothing big, just starters classes). We had classes for 2 hours. I checked BG before exercise, and I tried to get it to around 6 (I ate something if it was too low or took extra insulin.. After that I disconnected the pump... After exercise was finished I reconected and checked BG... I was never over 9, mostly I was in my target range (5-6). I am talking about mmol/L here..

As you will see each exercise is different, and also time of day is important (depending on your basal at that time of day).

Hope this helps you a little, and I hope the pump works good for you...
I was told by my educator that if I am going to exercise for an hour or so, to remove the pump.. just make sure you know what your glucose is before disconnecting and take it as soon as you are done exercising..
on the Minimed 522, under the basal menu, there are 2 choices under Temp Basal Type - you can either pick Percent or Rate (units/hr). I use Percent, as probably most others do, but the option for rate is there too.
For percent, it will adjust based on what your 'real' basal is, so you can potentially get a different rate during the temp basal duration. For rate, it will stay that rate for the whole time the Temp basal is set.
In either case, when you choose to set/edit temp basal, you then enter the time (duration), and then the percent or units/hr. At any time you can cancel it before the duration is up.
Note that there will be an alarm (vibrate or beep) on the hour, every hour, while the temp basal is on !
Another good recommendation is to start the temp basal 1-2 hours before your exercise, depending on the intensity and duration. Again, it's mostly trial and error !

Obviously for exercise you will decrease the amount, so enter percent such as 0-99. But at other times you may want an increased temp basal, and can enter percent > 100 .




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