Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Greeleyville, South Carolina, USA:

My 12-year-old son's blood sugars have become erratic; they are high and low. He takes 22 units of long lasting every evening. He also takes a short acting insulin before each meal and snack. His body is responding differently to the insulin. One day, his numbers dropped from 523 mg/dl [29.1 mmol/L] to 50 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L] in a period of 35 minutes after he'd gotten eight units of insulin to correct the high. Another day, he was given four units to correct a high of 350 mg/dl [19.4 mmol/L] and two additional units to cover his lunch. At the end of lunch, his number had gone up to over 400 mg/dl [22.2 mmol/L]. Could my son be entering puberty? Could anxiety also be playing a role in the fluctuation of his numbers?


I think neither puberty nor anxiety do really play a major role in your son's blood sugar fluctuations. Instead, I think you might not be calculating the correction dose correctly and maybe not waiting enough time between a correction shot and a meal. Please consult your son's diabetes team about proper dosing.


Original posting 30 Sep 2007
Posted to Puberty


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:12
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. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.