Temporary Basal

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Temporarily adjusting the basal rate prevents hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

Using a temporary basal rate with the insulin pump is NOT automatic. You have to choose how much less basal insulin you want and for how long.

Temporary basal rate

What can an insulin pump do?

The insulin pump can increase or decrease the basal rate delivery for a period of time. This feature is NOT automatic. You have to choose how much less basal insulin you want (usually as a percentage of your normal basal rate) and for how long.

When is this an advantage?

Examples of the advantage of this feature would be for exercise and illness, as your insulin needs may change. Learning how to adjust the basal rate can help prevent hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

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