Re: [IPp] duration of insulin action
HI Debbie, We have noticed that same thing so I have actually measured how
far and how long a bolus of insulin is active and our daughhter, jessi will
start to drop in about 20 minutes , then peak in about 1 and half hours then
her blood sugar will stop dropped and level off by about 2 hours and 15
minutes give or take. I know insulin is metabolised at different rates and
is individual so I think that 3 hours is problably the "safest norm when
your giving a genereal duration that can apply to everyone.
We just usuall override the pump when we think the insulin is gone and we
need to correct a high. Hope that is helpful. Debi mom of Jessi age 9
diagnosed type1 age 2, pumping cosmo 1 and half years.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Melvin & Debbie Crawford" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 8:50 AM
Subject: [IPp] duration of insulin action
> Hi all,
> I have a question about the duration of insulin action setting. We pump
> the Cozmo, but the other pumps probably have a similar setting.
> I am wondering how long of a time span you put in for the insulin action.
> have always used the default 4 hours, but I am wondering if it is more
> like 2
> - 3 hours. I know if you only did shots, let's say the pump was broke,
> would have to give shots every 2 hours, which lets me know that the
> alone is only working in 2 hour segments. But if you add in the basals,
> they are set correctly, at what would the duration of insulin action need
> be set?
> Last endo. visit he said we could change that setting to 3 hours if we
> My question arises, because I notice, especially in the evening, if
> Kendall is
> high at bedtime, he still may have insulin working (or the pump thinks
> working) and won't suggest a bolus, but then when I check him later, he
> either gone up more or not gone down any. If there was still insulin
> from the bolus, it would seem he would continue to fall a bit. Hope this
> makes sense. His basals seem to be set correctly.
> Anyone have any insights?
> Debbie Crawford
> Mom to Kristin, 19; Kelsey, 16 and Kendall, 13 (dx'd 11/99 - pumping 4/03)
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