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Our nurse used the terms, “more insulin resistant, in the mornings, more insulin sensitive later etc.” Can you explain these terms and why she would be so sensitive to sometimes even just a quarter unit of Regular?

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I lost part of my pancreas and all of my spleen to a benign tumor, developed diabetes, and the surgeon told me to take glyburide daily. What is the safe level for blood sugar? What type of diabetes do I have?

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My boyfriend, recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, had low blood sugar symptoms, but his blood sugar level was 93 mg/dl [5.2 mmol/L]. He thought it was still high, so he did not do eat or drink anything. Two hours later, he checked his blood again and it was 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L]. Why does blood sugar increase even though he does not eat anything?

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My 13 year old daughter has what is known as cystic fibrosis related diabetes. What should I do when she gets high readings? What is a normal range for a child before and after meals?

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We recently spent some time with my 10 year old nephew who has diabetes and recently received an insulin pump. His parents say he can eat what ever he wants and appear to place no limits which would be expected for a healthy diet for a child who does not have diabetes. Is this attitude of nonstop sugar followed by frequent insulin bolusing healthy for him?

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My friend, who has type 2 diabetes, went to a doctor who wants to take her off her insulin completely for five days and have her fast for five days. Is this some kind of new treatment for type 2 diabetes?

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I am concerned that our daughter may be rebounding between 9:00 pm and 11:45 pm. How long does it take someone to go from an extreme low to a rebound? If one does rebound, is it more difficult to get the sugar level down the next day?

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My four year old son is on multiple injections of Lantus in the morning and Humalog with meals, and while his blood sugars during the day are within normal limits, he has a rise from 9:00 pm-midnight. I have tried mixing Regular with Humalog at dinner, and changing his dinner meal to low-fat, low glycemic meals. High fat meals make the rise worse. I like using Lantus, but what can I add to it to help the rise?

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I’ve been using an insulin pump for approximately three years, and lately I’ve been getting really frustrated with it, just from a range of minor annoyances. I was just wondering what new developments there have been in treatment regimens other than insulin pump therapy.

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I was very overweight, had an inactive lifestyle, and I took four to five insulin shots per day for 20 years. However, after losing weight and exercising, I am now on pills, and so far, my blood sugars have been perfect. Do a lot of people successfully change from shots to pills?

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