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What's your basal rate?

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

  1. momof3princesses

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mody_Jess_Pony

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    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

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    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
     
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  4. emm142

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I have two basal rates:

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

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    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

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    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

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    Mine is 3.20 units an hour
     
  15. .sarah.

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    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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