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What's your basal rate?

Discussion in 'Teens' started by momof3princesses, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. momof3princesses

    momof3princesses Approved members

    Nov 27, 2006
    I'm curious to know what everyone's daily basal rate is. OUr daughter (14) was just diagnosed(12/24) and they sent us home on 24 units of Lantus. We've since lowered it to 16 and we are still feeding the insulin constantly. I'm curious what a "normal" basal rate is. She weighs about 105 and was diagnosed very early so I'm thinking her rate should be much lower.

  2. Mody_Jess_Pony

    Mody_Jess_Pony Approved members

    Jun 14, 2008
    My basal rate won't help you much it's 0.025 per hour but hopefully some of the other teens will step up
  3. Danielle2008

    Danielle2008 Approved members

    Aug 19, 2008
    I am still honeymooning, so my basal rates are pretty low still.

    I have been running a temp basal again, so the most basal I get currently is .48 units an hour(I don't know if I get the '8' though or if it rounds down to more like .45). My lowest basal is .30 which starts at midnight, until 3.

    My basal TDD is 9 currently(well, it says 9.05). My actual TDD is about 22(yesterday it was 26, but I had a few extra snacks)

    ETA: Here are my basal rates without the temp basal:

    12:00-3:00am : .30
    3:00-7:00am : .40
    7:00- 12:00pm- .35
    12:00-6:00 pm : .30
    6:00- 10:00 pm : .40
    10:00- 12:00am: .30

    and here are my basals while running a temp increase during the day, I turn it off at night(I was just testing to see if an increase was needed):

    7:00 - 12:00 pm : .42(I think it is .40 really though)
    12:00- 6:00pm : .36(really .35)
    6:00- 10:00pm :.48
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  4. emm142

    emm142 Approved members

    Sep 7, 2008
    I was diagnosed at 14, and I'm 16 now. When I was first diagnosed (well, once I'd got off of 70/30 which was awful..) I was on 12 units of lantus in the evening. That worked okay.. I thought. That was until I realised that most nights I was rebounding (I don't usually wake up with lows) and if I skipped a meal, it was bad. (Basically I had my I:C ratios set higher to compensate for the super basal.) Before I started on the pump, my lantus had come down to 6 units. Now I'm on the pump, I average out between 5 and 7 units of basal depending on the day (if I'm active it's only about 5, but if I'm ill / sitting around all day it's more like 7).

    I've been 5'5/5'6ish since I was diagnosed, and my weight's gone from 80lbs ( I got dx'd pretty late on) at dx to about 110 now. I didn't have a honeymoon.

    My friend with diabetes though, is 13, and she takes 26 units of lantus a day. Especially with teenagers, I think it varies a lot depending on puberty and hormones and stuff.. All I know is that if I set my basal rate at 0.35u/h or more I go low VERY fast. Good luck!
  5. MissEmi

    MissEmi Approved members

    Mar 21, 2008
    When I took lantus I was on 18u and sometimes around 20u. I've had diabetes for almost 2 years now, been pumping 1 year 5 months. My basals are:
    12am: .70
    6am: .75
    2pm: .85
    10pm: .70
  6. diamondback688

    diamondback688 Approved members

    Oct 9, 2006
    It's been so long, I don't even remember how much Lantus I was taking. *shrugs*:rolleyes:

    My basals are:

    12 AM - .60
    7 AM - .75
    1 PM - .50
    9 PM - .45

    Kind of weird, but they work.:D
  7. momof3princesses

    momof3princesses Approved members

    Nov 27, 2006
    Thank you all so much for responding! Alex was at 16 last night and I know she is still getting too much. Her pancreas is still working at about 90% per the endo so I think her needs are very low. This is so helpful to see the rates ofteens that have had diabetes longer. I think we'll lower her rate again tonight and see what happens.
  8. malyssa

    malyssa Approved members

    Jan 17, 2008

    I know I'm late...
    Uhmm...when I was first diagnosed, my insulin needs kept going up for a while, and the dramatically started dropping. And then after my honeymoon ended, my insulin needs went waaayyy up once again. I make adjustments to my insulin about once a week with my CDE.

    Good Luck with everything! :cwds:
  9. misscaitp

    misscaitp Approved members

    Jul 26, 2007
    My basal rates are

    12am-8am ~ .8
    8am-5pm~ .6
    5pm-12am~ .8

    It use to be higher with way more rates but I trying to run a bit higher. When I was first diagnosed I started on 40 units, but 2 weeks after I went into the honeymoon, so the Lantus went down to 8 units.
  10. s0ccerfreak

    s0ccerfreak Approved members

    Mar 17, 2007
    12A .40
    4A .40
    8A .65
    12P .95
    2P .80
    5P .75
    7P .70

    I also take 15 units of Lantus. So the total is 30.10u
  11. Diet Dr. Pepper

    Diet Dr. Pepper Approved members

    Apr 3, 2008
    I have two basal rates:

    11:00pm - 7:00am = 1.2 u/h
    7:00am - 11:00pm = 1.6 u/h
  12. miss_behave

    miss_behave Approved members

    Aug 28, 2006
    Your daughter is likely honeymooning, so its not really helpful to compare her basals to others that have had D for years. She will likely have much smaller insulin needs, for now anyway.
  13. malyssa

    malyssa Approved members

    Jan 17, 2008

    Whew! I thought my basals were crazy or something when I saw how everyone else's were under 1.00 u/hr. Mine look kind of like yours.
    I have one right now: 1.45 u/h all day
  14. dana.amp

    dana.amp Approved members

    Nov 5, 2008
    Mine is 3.20 units an hour
  15. .sarah.

    .sarah. Approved members

    Jan 19, 2009
    i don't remember my lantus when i was on shots....but now i'm on the pump and my basal rates are:

    12am-3am: 1.0
    3am-7am: 1.1
    7am-2pm: 1.0
    2pm-6pm: 1.1
    6pm-12am: 1.0

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