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How Do I Calculate My Insulin Sensitivity?

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4 Features Of The Bolus Wizard

A lot of our customers give credit to the Bolus Wizard being one of their favorite features of their insulin pump because it takes out a lot of the guess work involved in day-to-day boluses. Guess work like, how much insulin is stacked up since the last time I gave a bolus to bring down my high blood glucose? Or how much insulin do I need to take for these carbohydrates I’m about to eat? You’re probably familiar with the Bolus Wizard function on your pump, but do you use all of its features – carb ratio, insulin sensitivity, blood glucose (BG) target, and active insulin time? Let’s dig in a little deeper. These features have the capacity to program different settings (up to 8!) for various times of the day to take into account your daily glucose variations and personal goals throughout the day. Working closely with your healthcare team to program these settings into your pump, you’ll only need to enter your current BG reading and number of carbs you’re about to eat or drink to utilize the benefits of the Bolus Wizard. Often times, healthcare teams look at both basal amounts and bolus settings when making insulin pump adjustments to meet your diabetes management needs, s Continue reading >>

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  1. spideog

    The ISF on my pump was initially setup at 1:3 when I first started on the pump. But last week the nurse wasn't happy with the speed at which the correction boluses were taking effect so did a recalculation of the ISF for me. I'm now finding that the correction boluses are sending me low so am just going to split the difference between the 1:3 I was on before, the 1:2 that she changed me to and set it up as 1:2.5 and see how that goes.
    They seemed to use an incredibly crude method of figuring it out though, just dividing the average total daily dose of insulin into 100. That doesn't sound a particularly good way of figuring out how sensitive you are to insulin when it is not taking into account other factors, such as how much your eating or exercising.
    All I can find online about how to figure out the sensitivity is just similar calculations, although using the US units mostly. Can anyone explain the thinking behind such a basic method of figuring it out? Am I missing something obvious in how they come up with the numbers?

  2. Jgos

    I have just started on the "My life" OmniPod pump - the ISF was worked out the same way - I have found that by increasing the amount I told the nurse of my Lantus gave me a more reliable ratio. How you finding it since you have split the difference ?

  3. ebony321

    It does sound crude that calculation doesn't it, not very personal at all.
    I think like most things as everyone is so different it's used as a starting based then on experience you can tweak from there..
    a correction dose of 3:1 works perfect for me, i've never had to tweak it really!
    Your nurse and professionals can only give you the theory and technique, only you can judge if it works in practice or not so trust yourself and your results to find your own needs!

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