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I’m a teenager who has diabetes, my recent A1c was 12% (which is pretty high), and now my parents are freaking out about the whole thing. They think that I don’t know what to do to fix it. It’s like they don’t know that I know I can handle my own disease, and it’s really frustrating! What am I supposed to do to prove to them that I know what to do?

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My husband has had type 1 diabetes for 12 years, he eats meticulously, he checks his blood sugars around 10 times a day and takes NPH with Humalog, but no matter what we do we haven’t been able to control his blood sugars. They told us that he has brittle diabetes, but we never got a good explanation of what that meant.

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I have type 2 diabetes, controlled with exercise/diet, and on those mornings when I do not eat within an hour of rising, I get symptoms of what I assumed was low blood sugar, but my sugar seems to go up during these attacks instead of going down. What is happening?

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I have had diabetes treated with pills for eight years, and although I have kept my sugar levels in control for most of the time, I also neglected them. Now, the ophthalmologist says that the blood vessels in my eyes have been affected slightly, and I am very concerned. Could you please let me if my diet is okay? More importantly, what should blood sugar levels be at different times of the day as per the American standard?

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For the past two months, my three year old son’s sugar levels have been very erratic. His doctor believes he would be a candidate for the pump, but I am not comfortable with this option. What can I do to help alleviate these terrible rate of sugar changes?

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I am a 32 year old who has had type 1 diabetes for 20 years, and I have been on a pump for four years. I’m trying to track all of my carbs and my basals, but it seems like the basals need to be much lower during the week I get my period than the weeks prior to and following it. Are there some general guidelines for basals rates during the four weeks of a menstrual cycle?

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My 11 year old son, diagnosed with diabetes when he was almost four years of age, receives 4-16 shots per day because his blood sugars are very uncontrollable. He gets three IV’s a week, two at home and one in the hospital. He has a nurse every night, and last year, he spent over 1/2 of his school year at home or in the hospital. Is there anything that can be done?

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My 15 year old niece was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two days ago. Her initial blood sugar level was 2400 and she fortunately did not go into a coma. After two days, it went down, and then today went back up. When should she expect to get a stable reading?

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My four year old stepson has had diabetes for a year and is currently getting injections at breakfast and at supper. Is there any danger in increasing the amount of insulin in order to account for more sugars in his diet? Are there long-term side effects from excessive insulin use?

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My 34 year old brother, who has had type 2 diabetes for five years, 225 pounds and is having trouble getting his glucose level under control. He has seen several doctors, only gets scare tactics, and needs more direction on meal planning.

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