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What is a baseline dose of insulin? My doses are always different

A baseline dose of insulin or usual dose of insulin is one that will meet your glucose target at the next check point without causing a low. It will only work when the following 3 conditions are met:

   1. blood sugars is in the target range before meals
   2. you eat the goal amount of carbohydrate for that meal/snack
   3. you do your ‘usual’ activity for the next few hours

Sometimes it can take a while to find your baseline dose. You need to use Pattern Management principles to make sure the baseline doses are correct!  The baseline dose often changes over months or years as your body and your lifestyle changes.