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Insulin

My wife (49 years) has had Type 1 diabetes for 22 years. She developed what we thought was a case of a flu virus going around which caused vomiting and shot her glucose levels up into the forties and admittance into hospital.

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My cousin has diabetes are we were wondering how the regulation of glucose homeostasis is affected by injecting insulin into the blood.

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I heard recently that it is now possible to replace insulin injections with a pill, but trials could only able be started in a couple of years. Is this true? If so, why can the trial only be started in a couple of years?

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I am supposed to take 20 units of 70/30 insulin twice a day. If my blood sugar is 90 in the evening should I still take this dose? I was just taken off of a sliding scale of Regular insulin.

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How long can you let mixed NPH and Regular sit in the syringe before it is safe to give the injection? Do you have to give the injection right away or can you wait to give the injection?

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My daughter, diagnosed about five months ago, is only taking small doses of insulin. Sometimes she has lows around mid morning, but if we go down on her NovoLog, she has highs. Could it be that she needs to be changed to a different short-acting insulin?

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My four year old son was recently changed to Lantus at night because of nighttime lows, and now he’s on NPH with Regular in the morning and Lantus at night. Is it okay to mix NPH and Lantus during the day?

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I was using the Novopen 3 up until recently, when I was notified by my pharmacist that they have stopped carrying the Penfill insulin cartridges that I need. I have just begun my search for a comparable or better product. Can you provide any advice?

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My son takes insulin cocktails. Recently we have felt much pressure from our physician about switching to Lantus and NovoLog. So we finally tried it. Our son spent six days with blood sugars from 300-400 mg/dl [16.7-22.2 mmol/L] during the day and frequently went low at night. Are we mistreating him by using the old style NPH? Did we not try the Lantus/NovoLog regimen long enough?

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My 12 year old son, who has had type 1 diabetes for four years, was on a twice daily combination of Actrapid [Regular] and Monotard [NPH]. Recently, he was switched to a Humalog 25 Mix at the same dose, but now he is having hypos twice daily (even though his doses have been decreased), which never occurred before.

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