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For the past three weeks, my 11 year old daughter’s blood sugar has been erratic ranging from 300 to almost 600 mg/dl [16.7-33.3 mmol/L] during the day. Her eating habits,exercise, and school have not changed prior to this. How much do hormones affect blood sugars in a girl this age?

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My six year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago and takes shots twice a day (mornings and evenings). I have several questions.

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I am a 57 year old white male who has had type 2 diabetes for six years, my daily medications consist of twice daily Mixtard insulin with Glucophage, and my blood sugars have been high before lunch. Can you advise on how to bring my lunch time glucose readings back to consistently normal values?

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My husband has type 2 The doctor put him on a no carb diet and said that, if he loses 15 pounds, my husband could get off all pills. So he lost 14 pounds, and his sugar went down. Then, he developed a lung infection and was given a steroid and an antibiotic. Now, his sugar shoots up high. Did the infection do this or the antibiotic?

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What is the effect of nighttime and sleep on blood sugar levels in teens?

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My son is a 19 year old type 1. We have kept “blood sugar” records for the last 12 years. Isn’t there a downloadable chart that could make keeping and reading the sugar readings easier? There must be a web site somewhere that one could use to print a well designed, easy-to-use form.

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I am now 26 and have had type 1 since I was eight. I try hard to keep my diabetes under control. My HbA1c levels are under 7%, but I can’t seem to get my fasting sugars down. They are inconsistent. Can you help?

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My son is 12 and he was diagnosed 4 months ago. I have had him on a diet with exercise and now is blood sugar is 105 and the peak is around 166 with a trace of ketones. Can diet and exercise manage this?

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In the early years, I was very religious, but over the last five to ten years, I’ve put diabetes on the back burner. Recently, I’ve become angry about my disease, thinking that it has prevented me from achieving certain goals. It has affected my perceptions in a negative way. I wonder how things may have been different without diabetes, and I yearn for a resolution to the problem.

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My son, who is almost four years old, has had type 1 diabetes for almost a year. Can “growth spurts” drastically affect the blood glucose readings within that time? Also, is there such a thing as “rebound” numbers after having a low?

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