Those numbers sound right. But remember you can't compare your daughter to others . She is her own individual body with her own individual needs. I realize that you may feel scared about giving your daughter more insulin as it can potentially make her sugars go low, but if her blood sugar dictates it, she needs more. As much as we all may want to, we can't control what our bodies dictate as needs. You would never tell her not to breath so much when she runs or for her heart not to beat so fast when she is happy. =) Or for her not to grow so tall. But that is in essence what we are trying to do. Match what our bodies would naturally do. And us diabetics, and super moms, and super dads have the awesome responcibility to be detectives to figure out what our body dictates, silently without our knowing or in numbers on a screen.
This post is very popular but it is interesting to follow the story of Mad Evans and his insulin needs requirements. This form will tell you more about the very different daily insulin needs of the different people on the site. you don't have to read all of it but it tells the story of insulin needs and the way they change.
"I know the lower the body weight, the lower the insulin
requirement... but I feel like my daily insulin requirement is still
I (I'm a male) weigh about 145 lbs and take about 25 units per day -
I'm on a pump and only use fast acting. I know a girl my size
(diabetic for 15 yrs) who takes about 25 units per meal - she's also on
a pump! What in the world is wrong with me here? I was diagnosed
about 3 years ago... could I still be honeymooning? Does your insulin requirement continue to increase as the years go on or am I just special?
EDIT (more info): I am 6 feet tall. Yes, I am incredibly skinny... I always have been."
he later post this.
"It seems like I was in some type of long-lasting honeymoon phase
because my insulin needs have increased significantly. I never got
sick again or anything, but I'm pretty sure that my beta cells are just
slowly decreasing in number.
I now require about 40 units of bolus insulin per day and about 6
units of basal insulin. I'm about 1:7 for breakfast, 1:15 for lunch,
then 1:10 for dinner. I used to only have to take about 4-6 units for
my typical breakfast, but now I'm taking about 10-15 units regularly.
It's crazy how our insulin needs can change even 3 YEARS
after diagnosis. This just reinforces the idea that we have to
continually be making sure we are aware of how much insulin we need for
certain amounts of carbs. Because, for a while there, I was dosing
myself like I regularly was previously and my glucose levels were WAY
Luckily I was able to recognize it pretty quickly, change my basal
rates, and alter how much I need to bolus too. That was a pretty nice
honeymoon though, I guess. :)"
He makes a very good point. Needs change. So please don't be frustrated. good luck