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I am 52, and I have type 2 diabetes. Last night, my blood sugar about two hours after a meal was 6.4 mmol/L [115 mg/dl], but first thing this morning it was 10.5 mmol/L [189 mg/dl], and I had no food or liquids. How can that be? What is my problem?

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I am quite discouraged about not being able to get my blood glucose below 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] very often. I do not drink, and I have given up peanut butter cups along a lot of other things so it is quite discouraging. I am wondering about peppermint life savers.

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My 82 year old mom is currently taking NPH with Regular in the morning and just NPH at bedtime, but now her doctor wants to start Lantus at bedtime along with Humalog at breakfast and Humalog at dinner. How do I start this new program?

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How is the treatment of MODY different from treatment of Type�1 and Type 2?

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My sugar levels vary from very low where I’m shaking and barely able to function, to very high where I can’t seem to stay awake. I have told my doctor and nothing has changed. I test four times a day and inject two types of insulin, and I’ve tried several pills in the past, but have not been able to get control. Is three and a half years a normal trial period to get control?

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My 11 year old son has had type 1 diabetes for five years. His control is sub-optimal, with large variation. How much insulin does a child, of a certain age and weight, need to lower his sugar by a certain amount? Also, aside from waking hourly every night to test his sugar, is there a practical way of telling how often he’s low at night?

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I teach in a child care center where we have a young, undersized two year old with diabetes. We are are afraid the parents are not getting good advice from their doctor. Are they correct? Are we just over-reacting to chronically high numbers?

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I lost my machine so I stopped taking insulin. I feel pretty good. Although I can’t monitor my sugar, I have adjusted my eating habits and I want to know is this method dangerous?

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My daughter is 12 years old and has insulin dependent diabetes. She is currently on 3 injections a day of NPH and Regular insulins. If she has an occasional treat like at birthdays, holidays, etc., should I give her extra insulin to cover this?

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My son is 9 and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 11 months ago. About six months ago he was having mood swings that his doctor attributed to rapid changes in his blood sugar.

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