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My son recently had strep throat and a stomach virus. As a result his sugar levels bottomed and his insulin was cut dramatically. Two weeks later his sugars and ketones are soaring. Do you have any suggestions?

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My 16 year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes for five years. She takes three to four shots a day and is still averaging in the 300s mg/dl [16.7 mmol/L]. We have an excellent diabetes team, but they are stumped also. She is being treated for depression, and sees a counselor. Would giving her multiple shots of Humalog (six to eight shots) help?

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My friend, age 27, has been diagnosed with diabetes. He has eliminated sugar from his diet and his levels are still high. What type of diet do we need to try?

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My 12 year old niece has diabetes. It’s the type where she has to have shots twice a day. Her average is 190. Is this high?

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I’m 13 years old and have had diabetes 1 for 10 years. I have always had it under control, but the last few months it’s been really hard to control it. What is the problem and what can I do to prevent it?

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I am a 15 year old female and I have had diabetes for a year but it is still hard to adjust to the regimen of taking my blood sugar and my insulin. How can I stay on a steady regimen of taking my blood sugar and insulin and staying on my diet?

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I find I am increasingly ‘feeling down’ if my blood sugar is not between 4 and 10 mmol/L [72 and 180 mg/dl] because of the risk of long term side effects. Most are in the realms of normal, but I’ll often have a 12 or 14 mmol/L [216 to 252 mg/dl] every day or so, and I worry. Am I worrying unnecessarily?

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My five year son was diagnosed about seven months ago, and so far, we’ve been on one morning shot of Lente, but he is still having a lot of lows which has become frightening. Do you think we would be safer on two smaller doses of intermediate acting insulin as opposed to the one large dose in the morning?

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For the past five days, my body has not been responding to insulin. My numbers have been in the 175-200 mg/dl [9.7 -11.1 mmol/L] range, even fasting. I have taken my normal doses of insulin, and I’m not sick or stressed out.

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Some nights my 11 year old son will wake up in the middle of the night feeling low, while other times he will not which results in the rebound high. How should we treat a rebound hyperglycemia in the morning? Is there any reason why he doesn’t always awake when he goes low overnight?

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