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February 25, 2001

Behavior, Insulin

Question from Baltimore, Maryland, USA:

My 19 year old son has had type�1 diabetes for nine years and takes Ultralente and Humalog. I was told he is using marijuana, but he has had negative blood tests. Does the insulin play any part in the negative blood test results?


From: DTeam Staff

No. In fact, marijuana stays in the blood and urine for a long time. I would recommend you talk with your son about the dangers of losing control with insulin therapy.


[Editor’s comment: Either your son is not using marijuana or he didn’t because he knew you were going to have a test done to test for it. Hopefully, you can have an open discussion with him and find out the real truth. If this isn’t possible, i would suggest meeting with a mental health professional to help you and your son sort these issues out.