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Insulin

My 12 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about six months ago. How do I ascertain whether he has type 1A or type 1B? Is there any chance that he can be put on oral medications? Is there any chance of getting him off insulin in near future?

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What is the difference between Actrapid and Humalog?

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I am currently taking 120 units of Mixtard 30 in the morning and again before dinner. Is this considered a lot? My GP seems to think so but he cannot get an answer from the Diabetic Clinic here.

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My son is 8 1/2 years old and has had diabetes for about a year and a half. He has recently switched from NPH and Humalog to Ultralente and Humalog. He always needs an extra snack at night after taking his Ultralente and he tends to go a little too high during the late afternoon.

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I know that Ultralente is not the most popular basal insulin for children, but when it is, how do you estimate the initial dose? Do you have the children skip certain meals and test to see if the Ultralente is holding the blood glucose steady or rising or falling?

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When my 11 year old daughter came home from school, we realized that she had forgotten to take her morning insulin. I was told that if you ever forget to take your insulin you should get it as soon as possible. Was it too late in this case?

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Can you tell me the advantages/disadvantages of Lantus as compared to Lente or Ultralente?

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We kept getting high blood sugar levels so we finally just tried another bottle of Humalog in the pump, and the numbers went back to normal. Now that bottle is in question. Is there a test or a way to know if the insulin is working and is as potent as another bottle of the same insulin?

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Does insulin have to be refrigerated? Is there a difference in strength Novo and Lilly NPH and Regular?

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Our daughter, born 18-01-95, diagnosed 05-98, just started to use Humalog Mix25. Are there any experiences using this type of insulin at young children?

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