Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From California, USA:

If one is using an insulin pump with Lispro and the insulin supply is terminated, then how long does it take before ketoacidosis is a severe problem?


Probably in about 2 to 3 hours. Lispro insulin [Humalog® brand] only lasts a short while, and there is some delay because of the depot under the skin, but I wouldn't want to have a lack of insulin for than about an hour.

Whenever there is lack of insulin delivery from the pump, you should check blood glucose levels about every 1 - 2 hours to monitor what's going on. That way, you can supplement with an injection if you need to. You should always have a vial of short-acting insulin (Lispro or Regular) and a syringe with you.


Original posting 30 Jun 1999
Posted to Insulin Pumps and Hyperglycemia and DKA


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:06
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.