From Alabama, USA:
My daughter recently was diagnosed with diabetes. She is now going into a honeymoon period, which I understand. Last night we gave her no insulin in
the evening (in the morning she got 9N). At 8:00 P.M. her blood glucose
was 302. At 2:00 A.M. it was at 112. By 7:00 A.M. it was all the way down to 27. In the honeymoon period, is it common for the body to produce too much insulin?
For now the doctors are telling us to give her a snack at 2:00 A.M. if it is
below 100, but yesterday it was above 100. and she still went low. Is her
body producing too much insulin? Is this normal?
As you can read from previous answers, the
of type 1
diabetes mellitus is probably due to a residual endogenous secretion of a
of insulin from remaining beta cells, conceptually always less than normal
and absolutely not too much! Regarding the case of your daughter and
judging from the few blood sugars you report in your letter, to my
experience, I do not think lows over the nighttime are either normal or due
to any exaggerated secretion of endogenous insulin in the honeymoon period.
I would suggest you discuss with her physicians giving her the N insulin at
bedtime, and to be ready to add Regular insulin before each meal in
the future when insulin secretion will fail.
Original posting 26 Mar 1998
Posted to Honeymoon
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
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