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Old 04-02-2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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Insulin Dosage

I'm curious to how much insulin people take on a daily basis. My total, basal and bolus runs about 26 units per day.

Would anyone mind sharing how their insulins runs throughout the day.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:29 PM   #2
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Re: Insulin Dosage

I use around 40 units a day.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:24 AM   #3
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Re: Insulin Dosage

My 12 year old daughter uses 14 units of Lantus at night and between 5&7 units of Novorapid 3 times a day

 
Old 04-04-2007, 05:01 AM   #4
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Re: Insulin Dosage

Thanks for the info. I am just curious to how others treat their diabetes. I don't know anyone in my area who is Type1 so hearing others stories helps me to make sense of it all.

Some days are just harder to deal with than others. Again, Thanks.

 
Old 04-04-2007, 05:21 AM   #5
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Re: Insulin Dosage

I've been pumping since 2003. I have 3 basals rates (0.7 from midnight to 6 am, 0.5 from 6 am to 2 pm, and 0.6 from 2 pm to midnight). My total daily dosage ranges from 19 - 25 units (roughly) depending on what I'm eating. My insulin to carb ratio is 1:20 and one unit of insulin brings me down 72 points (4 mmol).

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Old 06-13-2007, 10:27 AM   #6
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Re: Insulin Dosage

They just raised my basals? I wonder how long this will be going on, the docs adjusting my basals?

 
Old 06-13-2007, 03:08 PM   #7
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Re: Insulin Dosage

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They just raised my basals? I wonder how long this will be going on, the docs adjusting my basals?
Basals are never perfect. I'm forever adjusting basals. I'm guessing you are on a 512, by your screen name, which means you've been pumping for awhile. You should be adjusting them on your own by now.
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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Re: Insulin Dosage

I am a 73Kg, 50 year old reasonably active male and I have been a T1 for 29 years. My total daily insulin usage is aboyt 27 - 32 units, 12 of which is Lantus.

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Old 06-14-2007, 06:09 PM   #9
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Re: Insulin Dosage

My basal rates are set at .95 from 10 PM to 9:10 AM and .70 from 9 AM to 10 PM. My total daily usage (including basal insulin) runs about 40-45.

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Old 06-22-2007, 10:11 AM   #10
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Re: Insulin Dosage

I am on Humulin Nph 34 units a day and Humolog 16-18 units a day for my Type 1 diabetes

 
Old 06-22-2007, 01:05 PM   #11
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These answers aren't useful without knowing how your WEIGHT compares with ours. Dosing is best compared using units per Kilo of body weight per day. And also, it might be better to compare with the other females instead of us BIG guys. (Yeah, even though none of the women *I* know will put their weight on a website, not even anonymously. )

Although I weigh almost exactly the same as Mark1e, 185 lbs, my dose has always been a lot higher: almost 30 Units of basal (including a BIG peak for dawn effect), and about 30 Units of bolus on a typical day. This has, however, been consistent for many, many years, and no one thinks that I've got an insulin resistance which could be treated by other meds. And my BMI is normal, I'm not a short fatty.

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Old 06-22-2007, 08:32 PM   #12
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.... Dosing is best compared using units per Kilo of body weight per day. ...
The rule-of-thumb for non-insulin resistant pumpers is that .25 units of insulin is required per pound of body weight (Pumping Insulin - John Walsh, pg 86). So for someone weighing 120 lbs, the expected total daily dose would be 30 units. Of course things like age, activity level, diet etc cause a lot of variance around this. And people on MDI typically require a lot more insulin.

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Old 06-22-2007, 09:42 PM   #13
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Re: My Insulin Dosage

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The rule-of-thumb for non-insulin resistant pumpers is that .25 units of insulin is required per pound of body weight (Pumping Insulin - John Walsh, pg 86). So for someone weighing 120 lbs, the expected total daily dose would be 40 units. Of course things like age, activity level, diet etc cause a lot of variance around this. And people on MDI typically require a lot more insulin.

Mark
I use way less insulin that that. I use about 2/3rds what I would according to that 0.25 units/lb. I'm super active though.
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The rule-of-thumb for non-insulin resistant pumpers is that .25 units of insulin is required per pound of body weight (Pumping Insulin - John Walsh, pg 86). So for someone weighing 120 lbs, the expected total daily dose would be 40 units. Of course things like age, activity level, diet etc cause a lot of variance around this. And people on MDI typically require a lot more insulin.

Mark
Wow. That seems like a huge amount. I weigh 145 (I'm not active, but I'm trying to be) so I "should" require 36.5 units (your math would give a 120 pound person 30 units not 40) and yet my total basals are only 14. If I eat a lot of carbs during the day I can maybe get myself up to 25 units total.

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Old 06-23-2007, 11:16 PM   #15
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... I "should" require 36.5 units (your math would give a 120 pound person 30 units not 40) and yet my total basals are only 14. ... I can maybe get myself up to 25 units total. ....
Cora,

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I have corrected the post. And, yes, there is alot of variability in insulin requirements. According to the formula, my "expected" total daily dose is 40.4 units. My actual TDD is about 30 units. But then I eat hardly any carb. if I was eating 200 grams of carb a day, my TDD would be 50-60 units. It seems you and Blondy are a lot more sensitive to insulin than Rick and I are.

There are big differences in insulin sensitivity, even amongst non-diabetics. The "normal range" for the insulin level test is <30. But a healthy insulin sensitive teenager, for example, would typically have an insulin level of <10. The pancreas of someone with and insulin level of 30 produces 3 times as much insulin. Amazing.

I am very envious of your your insulin sensitivity. It makes controling blood glucose levels much easier. Even mild insulin resistance causes disruptive blood glucose volatility, as both Rick and I have discovered. The only way I have been able to deal with it is to eat low-carb. I wish I didn't have to.

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