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How many insulin units do you take?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by bisalimo, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. bisalimo

    bisalimo · Active Member

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    For those who are type 1, i'd just like to know how many units of insulin do you take every day?
     
  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    I've just done a quick review (on pump) and total daily can vary between 28 and 50 units of novorapid a day, this covers basal as well as bolus, what affects this is the amount of carbs I eat and exercise.

    Are you just curious ?
     
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    @bisalimo why do you ask?
    This question has been asked a few times (you can search for it with the Search field in the top right of the page) and the answer usually comes down to
    1. it depends ... on what I have eaten, what exercise I have done, whether I am ill, whether I am using a pump or injecting, ...
    2. the right amount of insulin is the amount that YOU need to maintain your BG. There is no right or wrong amount.
     
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  4. bisalimo

    bisalimo · Active Member

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    What do you mean by "this covers basal as well as bolus"? Novorapid is bolus/prandial insulin
     
  5. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I agree with @Juicyj and @helensaramay it depends on how carb piggy I've been, how much gardening and if I've walked of been on the bike
     
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  6. Sibyl

    Sibyl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    At the moment I’m on 11 units of basal and although the fast acting varies it’s around 15 to 20 units per day. Re you’re pump question, pumps use one insulin which can be given as and when needed. Ie drip fed as background or more over a period of time to cope with food.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm LCHF and intermittent fasting so 2x3 units of long-acting and 4-6 units of fast acting. 10-12 total a day. I'm following Dr Bernstein. Please note, my body is still making some insulin, even if it's too little to clear ketones and my HOMA insulin sensitivity calculation is 500%. I'm sure this will change over time. I don't think you can find an average person.
     
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    People with type 1 can become insulin resistant.
    Having an autoimmune disease is not a protection against insulin resistance.
     
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    NovoRapid is a fast acting insulin which can be used for bolus/prandial insulin doses.
    An insulin pump uses fast acting insulin as basal by dripping it into your body throughout the day at different rates depending on what I am doing, time of day, etc.
    This explains how an insulin pump works: https://www.endocrineweb.com/guides/insulin/insulin-pump-overview

    @bisalimo can you explain why you are asking this question and something about yourself.
    Your profile does not tell much so it is unclear whether you just have a passing interest in diabetes or whether you are concerned about your diabetes management.
    The forum can help with the latter ... but only if we know.
     
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    kaylz91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Pump users only use a fast acting insulin and get it set correct for different times of the day to tick them over so in a pump users case novorapid isn't just a bolus insulin
     
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    WuTwo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use 18 a day basal (Levemir) and between 10 and 40 bolus depending on food/exercise.

    Basal changes infrequently - I don't pump but periodically I basal test (if my levels warrant it) and at those times it may change but never by much.
     
  12. bisalimo

    bisalimo · Active Member

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    Isn't it reversed? Long acting works for 24 hrs, while fast acting only for 5-8 hrs
     
  13. kaylz91

    kaylz91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    why would you think that, up until the end of last year I was only on 1 unit basal and 9-5-10 units of rapid
     
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    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    The simple as answer is “as many as they need” - personally I take 20-26u Novorapid in my pump per day. Are you T1 yourself? How much do you take?
     
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    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The human body’s pretty complex. It’s not just insulin that’s involved in ensuring there’s enough energy for cells to function and the various processes involved may, or may not, also be a factor in our many differences. https://opentextbc.ca/anatomyandphysiology/chapter/17-9-the-endocrine-pancreas/
    I’ve had T1 for nearly 50 years, currently use 18 units of basal (Levemir), which changes according to the weather and how long the stuff’s been in the on, and from 10 to 20 units of Fiasp per day, which varies due to carbs eaten, exercise, any stress, no stress, foot on the floor, etc etc. Unlike @Knikki I was diagnosed when I as 20 and the profile can be different depending on age of diagnosis, or even the number of turncoats in the immune system.
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Totally depends on the needs of the individual!
    It ranges from day to day with me. I am a pump user and only use Fiasp and can go from 40 to 60 units a day depending on how much food I eat or exercise (yeah right lol) if I am unwell.......the list goes on
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I only wish it were reversed. I've only been on insulin for two weeks after turning up to A&E with DKA. I'm starting with small numbers of insulin units, following the instructions of my consultant because of my insulin sensitivity issues. I've been living without much insulin (very low c-peptide 0.126 nmol/l) for two years, hoping the diagnosis was wrong.
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the person and what insulin is being used. Some of the longer basal insulins work for 36+hours. Fiasp only last for 2 1/2 hours with me
     
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  19. bisalimo

    bisalimo · Active Member

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    Err.... that's my point if long acting can last for 24-72 hrs why does s/he have to take twice a day?, and the short acting which works less than 5 hrs is taken once? go look up the previous post.
     
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