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January 3, 2000

Aches and Pains

Question from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA:

My son has had Diabetes Type 1 for just over a year. He is 12 years old. Last week he broke his ankle and will be in a cast for 4 weeks. Do I need to be concerned about his recuperation?

Answer:

You don’t need to be especially concerned over the union of the fracture on account of his diabetes; but the stress and the immobilisation will both tend to increase his insulin needs although he may counteract that by eating less.

DOB