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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
6/18/09 7:02 P

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I picked the black one. I figured it out match the best with everything :)

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6/18/09 6:12 P

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I use Minimed, but I think the Ping is definitely cooler looking, and its waterproof too! I have to remember that next time I'm ready to upgrade I should look around at all the other companies instead of sticking with Minimed out of habit.
What color did you pick?


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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
6/18/09 5:41 P

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Thanks! I got the animas ping!
It's sitting in a big box in my kitchen! I have to schedule an appt. with my endo now

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6/18/09 3:12 P

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Hey Mandy, congrats on getting a pump, thats exciting!
As for exercise, in general you will have to lower your basal rate before/during exercise, but only time will tell you quite how far and how much you'll need to lower it by. I have to lower for a few hours before I go get good exercise, medium exercise I can usually just handle with a well-timed snack (good exercise being something like an hour hard on my bike, vs medium exercise as a 30 minute walk), but you'll have to trial and error for a while to figure out what works for you.
If you've got a handle on adjusting the lantus though to make it work, you shouldn't have too much trouble working with the pump, its kind of the same idea just in a different form.
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JERSEYBEAN77 Posts: 15
6/18/09 12:38 P

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YOu'll love the pump for this reason, which one did you get.

YOu'll be able to just set a temporary rate for exercise. YOu can adjust the percent change from your normal basal and the duration. Both of which will vary depending on what exactly you are doing. You'll need to set your temp rate approx 30min to 1hr before working out as, it'll take some time for the change to take effect due to the duration of action of insulin.

Once you get it dialed in its great and pretty easy to maintain very stable BG during exercise.

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
6/17/09 8:17 P

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I finally dropped my lantus to 26 units and I haven't been dropping after exercise! I originally started at 33 units, but I never exercised back then. I've been dropped it little by little and 26 seems to be working! Such a relief!

Now I get my pump tomorrow so everything is going to be different now! Any advice for what you guys do for exercise and the pump? This is my first pump

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JERSEYBEAN77 Posts: 15
6/17/09 11:15 A

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KLBRZE those are some pretty crazy swings you had there. I think I probably would have tried to eat the bike had I hit 33. I've only been that low once or twice and it wasn't fun.

I know the feeling though. I hate correcting for a high, only to check 1-2 hrs later and realize oh shi** this is going to be a fun ride, usually seems to happen late at night with me, and I end up staying up a few hours extra to babysit myself.


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Interesting that your Dr find no real benefit and more hassel by being on the pump now that lantus is available. I'd disagree with that statement, obviously a personal decision to pump, and one that isn't right for everyone, but i find that pumping is much less hassel and way more beneficial for myself, especially since I am always on the run. But I guess its not for everyone.

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6/14/09 3:06 P

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Balance is the name of the game, for every reaction there is an action. This is the thing about being a diabetic that frustrates me the most.
This morning I woke up with a high blood sugar that was not expected it was 320. Usually it takes me quite a bit to get a morning high down.
I knew I had a Spin class in about an hour. But I ended up taking 3.2 units of Humalog to bring it down. By time I got to class by blood sugar was 155 (very unusual so I set a temp basal so it did not continue to go down during class. However I could tell that it was dropping, by the end of class it was a 33. I ate (fiber protein bar of 30 carbs by time I got home it was 295. I think it is important to check frequently, be prepared with ways to treat a low and prevent highs by checking blood sugar in middle of night.

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5/15/09 10:27 P

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We all know me and my lows lol but any how I know with the weight loss and and amount of exercise i do I found out my whole dosing had to be lowered my lantus has been cut nearly in half and the humalog is carb count so it got cut from 1 unit for every 11 carbs i eat to 1 unit to every 13 carbs and not 1 unit to every 15 carbs. the lower dosing allows for better bg control with out the major risk of lows. I also had to adjust the time of day I was working out. I can not do it first thing in the morning I have to have a good meal in me for at least an hour or 2 so I eat at 5 am and do my wii fit at 7:30 am and i am good for the day.

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5/12/09 4:13 P

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Hi there I am having the same problem. Although I have the Lantus and time of exercising under control the lasting effects is killer having to eat candy for the next day defeats the purpose...however I did want to say for me I have considered going on the pump and find that the reason why my blood sugars and such aren't as good as they should be are the same things I would have to do with a pump. My doctor which was under a diabetes doctor was putting all patients on the pump until Lantus came out. Now he only puts a few on the pump. She said it limits you it is a hassle and lantus does just as good a job. Adjusting the Lantus will help a bit as it did me but I still am working on what to do with the lasting effects.If I find anything out I will let you know. Tamarah

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CHELLE0207's Photo CHELLE0207 Posts: 74
5/11/09 8:49 A

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I'm still experimenting. This Saturday, I decreased to 85% for 12 hours. It was either too long, or 85% was too low; as I noticed that I started to go up after a while. Next time, I'm going to try 90% for 15 hours and then see.

I've also been having some overnight drops (due to losing weight, I think), so I'm working on correcting that, too. It's hard to tell what drops are due to exercise, and what are due to losing weight.

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
5/10/09 8:47 P

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Superduper-

Thanks for the advice on lowering the lantus. I lowered it a little today, so once I workout tonight we will see what happens!

I'm excited for the ping!

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5/10/09 6:49 P

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Chelle, i was just wondering how long you decrease your basal for and when do you start it. I have been running 3x a week now for a few weeks and afterwards i am low for 12 hours (like the rest of us). I have tried to lower it but then went high, then low, then high, then low. I am going to try to go down only to 90% tomorrow but was wondering about how long.

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5/10/09 3:01 P

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Oooooh, I'm envious of your Ping, I think it looks way cooler than my Minimed, lol!
My last few days without exercise I've been tanking, low, low, lower, juice, low, juice, juice, too low to walk home still, low, juice, bus... Grrrrrrr! And that's withOUT exercise, so who knows what's going on!

I would think gently and slowly lowering your lantus should help, I know I was once given a 10% rule, and I wasn't supposed to change anything by more than 10% I think every 3 days (maybe it was 5)?

Good luck!

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
5/10/09 2:54 A

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I am getting the animas ping! I am excited!

Wow, lifted weights for an hour and ran 5 miles! I envy you, I hope someday I can last that long!

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That's great, Mandy! What kind of pump is it?

If you're comfortable lowering the lantus, I'd say go for it. Just be careful. But of course, you know that. :)

I'm just now getting some of my post-exercise basals figured out. Finally (today), I had a day w/o going low all the time. I lifted weights for an hour, and then ran 5 miles this morning. Usually, after a workout like that, I'd be low all day. But I dropped my basal to 90%, and I seem to be doing just fine! I love the pump... (I have a MiniMed Paradigm with the CGMS.)

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
5/9/09 7:31 P

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Thanks Chelle! I actually am getting the pump! Probably won't have it for another month though!
I'll have to make sure I tell them to keep me on a low basal rate then, otherwise I'll be low all day.

My sister is also diabetic and she said lowering her lantus helped a lot, so for now I think I'll just lower it a little each day and see if the lows get better. Until I receive my pump :)

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Bummer! That happens to me too, especially if I do intense exercise like running or biking long distances.

I'm on a pump, so I lower my basal for this kind of situation.

With injections, I'd recommend talking to your doctor. I've never modified basal insulin (not on a pump), so I'm not sure how to go about addressing the insulin situation.

Side note: I'm all for considering an insulin pump. I'd never go back!

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5/9/09 5:48 P

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Hi all! I have a problem. Whenever I do moderate exercise, I end up having low blood sugar for the next approx. 12 hours! I'll drink a juice and have a snack and then I will still be low in an hour or so... and so on. It's so irritating!

Does anyone else have this problem? What can i do to avoid it? Should I lower my lantus?

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