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How can I test my basal insulin dose during the day if I have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, to test your basal insulin dose during the day you should skip breakfast if you can and then not eat until dinnertime. You'll need to prick your finger every two to four hours to give you the information needed to assess your basal dose of insulin. If you have a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), this is very easy.

A perfect basal insulin dose, or rate if you are using a pump, is the amount or rate that keeps your glucose values perfectly flat when you are fasting (not eating) but still doing your normal daily activities. Getting your basal insulin dose adjusted correctly is very important, whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and whether you are on a multiple daily injection (MDI) regimen or an insulin pump.
 

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