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June 18, 2000

Hyperglycemia and DKA

Question from Indiana, USA:

My 16 year old son was diagnosed about 1 year ago with Type 1 diabetes. He currently is taking 30 units of Humalog and 16 units of NPH twice a day at breakfast and dinner. Two hours after he eats, his level is about 170; 4 hours after, his levels get as high as 600. What could be causing this? Are post meal levels something that we need to track daily?

Answer:

Generally you don’t need to track post meal readings too often. However, the readings do seem to rise rather a lot in your son. There may be various reasons for this, and it would be worth discussing this with your diabetes team.

JS