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Re: [IP] MM vs. D

In a message dated 7/29/99 2:19:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

<< I, personnally don't believe this is a big problem. Why?  Well I don't 
 remeber when I took a shot of .5 or .1 units while on MDI therapy.  The D is 
 my preference since you get a basal drip every 3 minutes or 20 time an hour 
 and you have the capacity to program each hour with a different basal rate 
 if you need to.  In addition the reduction in basal rate for exercise is 
 really convenient!
I am having a difficult understanding why this isn't important.  The whole 
point to the pump over MDI is the ability to give ourselves small amounts of 
insulin to match whatever we eat.  If I have a cracker I don't need a whole 
unit of insulin.  Most of my doses because of the insulin carb ratio are in 
increments of .1. I hardly taken any that are simply rounded to .5,1.0, 1.5, 
2.0 etc.  As for the temporary reduction of insulin when exercising I simply 
use my temp. basal rate for six hours after exercising. To me the basal rate 
for 3 to 15 minutes doesn't seem to be as significant as the ability to give 
yourself .1 increments.  I mean ultimately whether it gives every 3 or 15 
minutes you still get the same amount of insulin in an hour. The same isn't 
true for bolusing if you don't have the ability to give .1 increments.

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