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From Greenbrier, Tennessee, USA:

What is the normal dose of insulin for a person with Type 1 Diabetes? I'm 33 and was diagnosed at age 32; I take about 35 units of 70/30 a day. My wife has a cousin who has Type 1 Diabetes and she only takes 13 units a day. Why such the big difference? I know body weight would play a part but there's not more than 40 pounds difference between us. I have a vary active job also.


The average dose of exogenous insulin for a type 1 diabetic adult, not overweight, is around 0.7-0.8 units per kilogram of normal body weight ( a normal pancreas secretes around 40 units of insulin daily). The dose can vary according to the residual endogenous insulin secretion (as happens during the honeymoon).


Original posting 15 Jan 1999
Posted to Insulin


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