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basal levels

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Zinadane, May 6, 2022.

  1. Zinadane

    Zinadane Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So the last few weeks, my basal (tresiba) requirements slowly getting less and less.
    I'm used to tweaking it around, butt only usually within 1 or 2 units. Currently 12 per day.
    I do like like to have enough background going on, it makes a massive difference to the fast acting I need.
    But lateley I've come down from 13.5 down to 10 units per day.
    Does it mean anything (the amount of basal you need)?
     
  2. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hard to say (sorry). The obvious things are that you are either less insulin resistant or you are still in honeymoon period and producing a bit more insulin.

    I find my basal can vary by 25% quite easily, but I'm on lantus so it's probably easier to tweak than tresiba.

    Illness, stress, exercise are among the other factors that can make a difference.
     
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  3. Zinadane

    Zinadane Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My fitness levels are probably better then ever, but for me this doesn't always seem to have a direct correlation to my basal requirement.
    48 years of T1, so not sure about honeymoon. Unless there is a certain small level always coming through. Or maybe it's starting to work again!
    Anyway, I was just curious as to what it is for me that effecs my basal needs.
     
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    In Response Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Our basal needs are driven by our insulin sensitivity. I think there are something like 42 things which can affect this including illness, drugs, stress, exercise, weather, ..
    Sometimes things just seem to change. As @EllieM mentioned, have a faster acting basal like Lantus makes this easier to manage than Tresiba for which it is advised to wait 4 days to see the affect of changing your basal dose
     
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  5. Marie 2

    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Mine vary..............I get DP which definitely makes it bump up by a couple of units when it decides to appear. Mine also go up with less exercise. A lot of people say it can vary when the weather changes.

    I have 4 programs on my pump, which can tell you the variance I get!
    My current one, I adjust that one whenever needed
    DP one, has higher setting starting at 5 am, I only change to it if I've had several DP days in a row.
    Snorkel day, I snorkel for about 2-3 hours and at about 4 hours later I need a lot less insulin for about 24 hours.
    1 is just in case....with very low settings
     
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    #5 Marie 2, May 7, 2022 at 8:19 AM
    Last edited: May 7, 2022
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