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My nephew, who has type 1 diabetes and lives in Mexico, takes no medicines nor does he see a doctor because his family is poor. He has gone into a diabetic coma and been treated at the hospital, but once he is stable, they let him go with prescriptions which they cannot afford to fill. In addition, they have had no information or classes on how to live with diabetes. Please help us help our nephew.

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My daughter has both diabetes and growth hormone deficiency. I have asked her doctor on how taking both growth hormone and insulin at the same time might be affecting her uncontrollable highs and lows. Do several children have problems with when dealing with both disease? Are there very many other children with both these diseases?

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My father, who is over 60 years old, is overweight, has type 2 diabetes, and is not looking after himself. He continues to drink alcohol, eats whatever he wants, and does not check sugars regularly. He had a high blood sugar recently. Is this dangerous? What are the consequences? How can I convince him to follow a diet, etc.?

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My wife is taking pre-mixed insulin in the morning, NPH at bedtime, and metformin twice per day, and this morning she awoke with a high sugar reading and was very weak, and on previous occasions, she has experienced low blood sugar readings. What should we do when she experiences high blood sugar to lower this quickly?

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We seem to have much with my daughter’s present insulin regimen success when her diet is followed properly, but she loves food. I have read some on the pump, but it seems that it is not necessarily a good time to start at her age. Can you suggest another regimen of care that would give her more flexibility with regard to eating when she wants?

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I am 54 years old and have had type 2 diabetes for a little over two years. I take Lantus along with Glucotrol XL. How will my doctor know if I have reached the stage when I need to take Humalog or NovoLog?

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My son’s team said that if he wants a meal at a non-meal time give him Humalog, and I need to know how I judge what to give him. Adjusting insulin according to carb intake is not a strong area of knowledge for us.

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After 15 years with type 1, my friend rarely checks her blood sugar. Plus, she drinks several beer on the weekends. Could this affect her body? How can I help her?

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Can a child with type 1 become insulin resistant? Are there tests for this? How is it treated? I am concerned because my seven year old is having consistent high blood sugars.

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Because of high A1cs, my daughter is testing more frequently to improve control. But, she’s gaining weight. Why is she gaining? How can we help her lose weight without affecting her improved control?

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