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October 20, 2004

Blood Tests and Insulin Injections, Daily Care

Question from Kings Park, New York, USA:

My sister was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She has very high blood sugars and takes two shots of insulin a day. What is a way to keep her blood sugar normal besides her insulin?

Answer:

The best way is to take her to the nearest pediatric diabetes team experienced in dealing with children who have type 1 diabetes. They should be able to instruct her how to start an intensified insulin regimen aimed at the best metabolic control.

MS

[Editor’s comment: A pediatric diabetes team should be able to provide dietary and exercise advice.

BH]