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I am attempting to teach my 15 year old son to drive, and he is very excited about it. Today, he tested his blood right before driving, and he was 48 mg/dl [2.7 mmol/L]. I would not let him drive, and he said that I was over-reacting. Was I? What is an appropriate blood sugar level at which it is safe to drive a car?

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My 29 month old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 6 months ago. We have been successful at getting her blood sugar levels in control during the day but are struggling with the night time. She is waking up with numbers in the 190-240 range.

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My 10 year old son has had diabetes since he was 6 years old. I have an extremely hard time getting good control of his blood sugar. It’s like a roller coaster: if it’s not high, it’s low.

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My friend is the mother of a 4 year old child with Downs syndrome and diabetes. His numbers are all over the place. This mother’s only other option is to take her son to a clinic in Boston. Can you recommend anything?

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My six year old daughter was diagnosed with “diabetic ketoacidosis” 4 months ago. We could manage her blood sugar level well till last week. However, her blood sugar level started to increase 215 mg/dl before breakfast and other values is between 150 to 200 mg/dl at day time. Can I do anything else except to adjust Insulin doses?

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My last A1c was 7.1%, and my random blood sugars are 150-180 mg/dl [8.3-10 mmol/L]. My doctor suggests that I take medication, but I am having a hard time with this and don’t know if I should get a second opinion. Do I have a problem?

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Lately, my afternoon blood sugars have been extremely high and my evening blood sugars are very low. I would like to go on three shots a day, but my doctor (an internist) thinks it is unnecessary at this point. Should I ask for a second opinion?

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If an 11 year old child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a toddler and the diabetes has never been under control is this an indication that the child’s diet and/or insulin is/are not being properly monitored? Is this a common problem for children with diabetes? What can a person do in this situation?

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I was originally diagnosed with type diabetes two and a half months ago, and I am on two diabetes pills. According to my blood glucose meter, my average daily sugar level is 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L]. Am I to assume that I have achieved good if not excellent sugar levels?

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My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last week, and is trying to avoid taking medication. How long does it take for his blood sugar level to drop to normal levels if he is only being treated with diet and exercise?

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