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Re: [IP] Re: Basal testing without skipping meals

No, because even non-carb food has to be "digested", it's just that it takes
a lot longer than carbs.  As is said in PI, to do part of a proper basal
test, you go without a meal (takes several days to really see if basals are
correct).  Often, basal rates need to be adjusted up for say post-dinner,
not because of carbs, but to cover a lot of protein stuff (like meat, fish),
and fats, if that's the normal type meal (we all know how a treat of good
ol' pizza needs a special bolus rate of it's own, huh?).  All these take
hours to get "processed" by the body.  Also, some find that they need to add
insulin to cover higher protein/fat meals (dual, square wave bolus can
help).  Basal testing really does mean no food to check that that baseline
insulin handles just the operation of your body under circumstances where
the (hopefully) only variable is "no food".
Marj; Mike; and "Ace, the PP" (portable pancreas)

Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 16:19:56 -0400
From: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] Re: Basal testing without skipping meals

Yo, all veteran pumpers -

According to the Pumping Insulin book, in order to test basals, meals must
be skipped.  However, wouldn't the same results be obtained if one simply
ate a meal with NO CARBS AT ALL and then tested?? This would avoid
devastating starvation, at least in my case!

Thanks very much,
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