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Basel dose when sick?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by chrissyrobbo, May 16, 2020.

  1. chrissyrobbo

    chrissyrobbo Type 1 · Member

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    I’m just wondering how much to increase my basal rate while I’m ill?
  2. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @chrissyrobbo, do you inject your insulin or do you use a pump?
    If you inject I think it might depend on your basal insulin, I can't pretend I know much about it, but I believe different ones take different amounts of time for changes to take affect, so it would also depend on how long you are ill for, whether the changes to your dose would make any difference whilst you are still ill. I must admit I was never told to increase my basal whilst ill when I still used to inject, corrections were made with boluses.
    My pump has a pre-set temporary basal for illness and that's 120% of my usual basal.
  3. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Have you gotten instructions for 'sick day rules' from your consultant?
    No one here can tell you how to alter your insulin doses when you're ill.
    If you're ill and can't get your blood glucose down, please call your consultant or 111 if you're in the UK (or your local out of hours medical service if you're not in the UK).

    Wish you all the best!
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