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My 13 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a month ago. He recently got a bad cold. It has been five days, and he still has cold symptoms. Does it usually take longer for kids with diabetes to get over colds? Are there any over-the-counter medications that won’t affect the blood sugar? Is there anything he can eat or supplements he should be taking to prevent these illnesses?

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There are some morning when readings are well over 200 mg/dl [ 11.1 mmol/L] even with normal bedtime (80 -100 mg/dl [4.4 -5.6 mmol/L] ) readings. Given the onset time and peak of U, which would be better in controlling the dawn phenomenon, a dinner shot or a bedtime shot?

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Our was diagnosed 7 months ago. Although we maintained good control at first, her blood sugars now fluctuate from anywhere between 3.0 to 27 mmol/l in a day. What are we doing wrong?

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I am 16 years old and have had diabetes for two years. My problem is that I have low blood sugar from 11:00 to 12:00 and high blood sugar in the evening.

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What advice do you have for an active 8 year old boy (Type 1 diagnosed four years ago) who is going through a growth spurt and has blood sugars out of control?

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Where can I find a computer program that will record and graphically display serial blood glucose levels?

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I have two little girls that are dying to visit with each other and I have to understand multiple injection therapy before I will be willing to take on the task of caring for the child to make their visit possible.

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My son has had diabetes for almost two years, had a negative antibody test and was off of insulin for almost a year. Both Ultralente and NPH cause him to go low. The doctor started my son on Avandia and insulin as needed. Can you tell me about this pill? Do you have any ideas on what might be wrong with my son since he does not fit in your other cases of diabetes?

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My 13 year old daughter has type 2 diabetes and takes R and N insulin. Her blood sugar at supper is 250-400 mg/dl [13.9-22.2mmol/L], but at lunch time, it is 150-200 mg/dl [8.3-11.1 mmol/L]. Then at night about 8 o’clock it goes down again. What should I do?

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My fasting blood sugar can increase as much as 40 mg/dl [2.2 mmol/L] from 11:30 pm to 6:00 am or it can decrease by 10 to 15 mg/dl [0.6 to 0.8 mmol/L]. What accounts for these swings? How can blood sugar increase while sleeping?

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