I just started on the Medtronic MiniMed Insulin pump last Thursday. I was wondering what other pump users Basal Rates were? So far the pump is helping in just a couple days my numbers have gotten so much better. :) I couldn't get lower numbers when I was on shots because everytime my Dr would increase my Lantus I would drop a lot. I am still a little scared of dropping especially while we figure out my Basals. Anyway I know it takes time to really get it all ironed out but for curosity sake I wanted to ask about other pump users. Does it seem like I am on a lot of Basal or is this typical? Again I know everyone is different and I NEVER make a change without my Dr. :)
My Basals are as follows
12:00 A.M.-0.650U/H
3:00 A.M.-1.100U/H
8:00 A.M.-0.850U/H
9:00 P.M.-0.600U/H
Thanks!
Nicole

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Hi, Nicole, and welcome to the pump! As you've already stated, everyone's basal rates will be different. As one guideline, your total daily basal dose would typically be 40-50 percent of your total daily dose (basal plus bolus).

I recommend highly John Walsh's recently updated book Pumping Insulin (fifth edition). he details how to test and set virtually every parameter in your pump -- including basal rates.

When I expect to exercise for an extended period, I set a temporary basal rate of some percentage of my normal rate an hour before exercising. Or I will simply suspend my pump altogether. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

I agree with Gerry. Basal rates are customised to the individual. Until you have a few weeks of data, sooner or later you will be able to fine tune your therapy. Just test a lot.

Hi, Nicole,
Of course everyone is different! But since you're curious, mine are 0.45 at midnight, 0.65 at 2:30 AM and back to 0.45 at 7:30 AM. Yours have a similar pattern -- an increase to account for the dawn effect, and then back down for the rest of the day. The 9 PM and 12 AM levels are not appreciably different, and the fact that they are lower than your daytime levels mean that your doc is trying to prevent lows during the night. So it sounds like h
is doing a good job, and you just need to hang in there! :-)

I am in the middle of adjusting my basal's cause I have been put on birth control and it has started screwing up my blood sugars, but this is what I got at this point...

12:00 am .725u/h
8:00 am 0975u/h
10:30 am 1.7u/h
3:00 pm 1.25u/h
6:00 pm 1.15u/h

my basal rate is the same all hours of the day and night at 1.9 u/h

Yes, we are all very different. I am on the low end. 0.25 U/h except from 5 am - 8 am is a whopping 0.275 U/h.

I have 3 basal rates... When I was on the Animas Ping, I had 5 rates.

1) 12AM - 0.650 U/H
2) 12PM - 0.575 U/H
3) 3PM - 0.550 U/H

we sure are different
my basals are:
12 am 0.15
4am 0.4
7am 0.45
10am 0.4
9pm 0.15
but with stomach problems my bs,' are irregular
that works for me

I have 2 basal rates. Day is 3.0 and night is 3.5
They are much higher than any listed but they work for me!

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