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How Much Insulin Do You Take?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by diabeticdancer, May 10, 2014.

  1. diabeticdancer

    diabeticdancer · Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious how much insulin you take on a daily basis? I look at my total daily amount at the end of each day and it's usually between 9-17 units combining basal and bolus. This depends on how much I eat and how much activity I have done.

    I'm curious to know what amount I will be increasing it to when my honeymoon period ends. I am currently doing 0.1 basal(reduced 50% on active days) and 1:15 carb with meals(maybe 1:20 if I am doing a lot of cardio straight after meal).

    I've had a great day with my readings today, and I even managed to get away with ratings banana and a biscuit with no bolus with no significant rise :)

    Anyway, thanks in advance for responding. I'm just being nosey and want to know what I will be dealing with in future.


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  2. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    When working gardening can be 22-25..... When not working about 28-34.
    T1 30 years...


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  3. Alanp35

    Alanp35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Crikey - I'm on humalogmix25 and have 50 units in the morning and 22 units in the evening and only just managing to keep my BGs in single figures'(most of the time)




    Late onset T1, several auto immune issues.
    Humalogmix25 twice a day, Methotrexate 25mg once per week, FolicAcid 5mg once per week, prednisolone 5mg daily, Allopurinol 300mg, Calcichew-D3 800iu, Levothyroxine 50mcg, Atenolol 50mg, Losarten 100mg, Aspirin 75mg, Nicorandil 20mg, Nitrolingual GTN spray, Metformin 2000mg, Allimemazine 10mg, Lanzoprazole 30mg, Atorvastatin 20mg, Co Codamol 8/500mg, Depo Medrone (Methylprednisolone) or double Prednisolone for 7 days in case of RA flare.
     
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  4. Miss90

    Miss90 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I take 34 units of levemir and then my novorapid depends on my carb I take as I carb count.


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  5. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My basal changes daily, but today my total insulin dose has been 25 units.
     
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  6. phil55494

    phil55494 Type 1 · Active Member

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    How much insulin do I take? I try and take as much as I need. About 25u for basal needs and 30-50 depending on what I eat

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  7. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    24u basal. Last few days I have been low carbing and taking another 11u or so bolus. Normally it would be about another 20u for bolus. T1 18 years.

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  8. MonoJono

    MonoJono Type 1 · Active Member

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    63-72 units a day.
    3x5-8 units of novorapid and
    2x24 units of lantus.

    Age 32. T1 27 years. My weight is good and im fairly slim. However i am 6ft 3 and since i broke my foot (which is verrrry slow to heal) im not active.
     
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    yingtong Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    daniT1D Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    24u lantus. 2:10 NovoRapid for breakfast (4-10u) then 1:10 for everything else. Average of 5 per meal but could be up to 12 if I get a Chinese :) I would guess my average daily total is around 38


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  11. diabeticdancer

    diabeticdancer · Well-Known Member

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    Wow, such a different range. They don't lie when they say everyone has their own unique insulin requirements. Thanks a lot for getting back to me and putting up with my random questions :)


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  12. Belzedar

    Belzedar Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm similar: 36 in the morning and 44 in the evening. I'm blaming insulin resistance. I should be on a daily total of 55 units going by the formula from the Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California,

    Using the formula:
    TOTAL DAILY INSULIN DOSE
    = 0.55 x 70 Kg (for example) = 38.5 units of insulin/day
     
  13. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You cannot go by those formulas. They are just an initial guesstimate and then they always change by trial and error based on BG meter results. It's the BG results that matter, not any formula.

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  14. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    TDD is 34-38 units depending on food, 18 of this is basal insulin.
     
  15. Belzedar

    Belzedar Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I have to ask you where your authority comes from and why it's superior to the University of California's diabetes teaching hospital.

    My BG experience tells me that the amount of insulin I'm on doesn't really keep my BG in target and that insulin resistance makes any increase is dosage a futile effort. In fact, I believe it's counter productive since the insulin is pants at getting glucose into muscle but very good at shoving the unused glucose into fat cells - and increasing insulin just exacerbates it.

     
  16. lizbet9

    lizbet9 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    34 units levimir and novo rapid depends in my meal as carb count 1 unit per 10g of carbs x


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  17. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    When active, I use 20-25 units (12u basal, sometimes less if running or going for long walks and the rest bolus) When less active then I use about 25-30 (14u basal)

    @Belzedar , If you look at your link they keep saying that these formulas aren't set in stone

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  18. Danaemac

    Danaemac Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    40 units lantus ( until tomorrow ) Tdd is between 70 - 80 units a day
     
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  19. SpikeThacker

    SpikeThacker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    2 rapid for breakfast 3-5 rapid for lunch 4-7 for dinner (thats on average). obviously that changes alot when i have a indian or chinese or pizza,but thats not very often. i do walk the dog a couple of miles every day, and play golf a couple of times a week. also 20 lantus at night
    type 1 for 6 weeks, and not going to let this beat me:pompous:
     
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  20. fansy

    fansy Type 1 · Member

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    Basal is 20 and Bolus from 10-20. My doctor tells me that 0,8-1,0 per kg is normal. I'm 65 kg, so I use less than that. I used more insulin before I got my pump.
     
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