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Can you help me understand why the doctor has put my daughter on a Humalog-Regular-NPH-Lantus regimen?

October 4, 2008
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On NovoMix 30, my daughter has very elevated afternoon blood sugars. Is there another insulin she can take in the morning to cover her after lunch?

September 17, 2008
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My toddler almost always has a nighttime low around 3 or 4 a.m. and needs treatment. With the proper dose of Lantus, should she be able to sleep through the night?

September 9, 2008
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Does metformin help those with type 1 by making insulin work properly? If I take it, might it lower the amount of insulin I need to take?

August 12, 2008
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Why do I need less insulin during early morning hours? Why do I need less insulin when severely high? Is this common for others with type 1? I have no complications, but feel like I am destined to die young because doctors don’t understand how diabetes affects me.

July 18, 2008
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What is the normal range of insulin that the body produces? When tested for diabetes, my daughter’s insulin level was 3.2, which I thought was a little low.

July 15, 2008
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Why do I need to be on insulin when I have not yet taken the maximum dose of my metformin? What happens if I miss injections for two days because I forgot it when I had to travel?

July 12, 2008
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Is it common for people with type 1 to need less insulin in the early morning? Why is it that I need LESS insulin for corrections when I’m severely high? Could I still make insulin 24 years after diagnosis? Why do insulin needs increase during menstruation?

July 8, 2008
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In the past six months, since switching from Levemir and Actrapid to Lantus and NovoRapid, my blood sugar control has worsened. What do you suggest?

June 4, 2008
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Because it is so costly, my adult daughter is not taking any insulin. How bad is this? Is there some other treatment?

June 2, 2008
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Does injected insulin cause weight gain? I’ve been on insulin for 42 years, but have gained 35 pounds in the past three years, since starting Lantus. I eat well and exercise.

June 1, 2008
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Can continual and increased insulin cause decreased urine exposure by changing some muscular tone in urinary system? If insulin can cause decreased urine excretion, can creatnine clearance be effected due to it?

June 1, 2008
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When my young son experiences gastrointestinal viruses, we have to cut back on his insulin drastically to avoid lows. Once on the road to recovery, it is several days before we need to give him meal boluses. How is this possible? Could his pancreas be trying to work?

May 19, 2008
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I’ve had type 1 for about two years. Two doctors adjusted my insulin due to persistent highs. Now on HUMINSULIN 30/70, I am having many lows. Sometimes I am still walking around, even though I am only 30 mg/dl [1.7 mmol/L]. What do you recommend?

May 17, 2008
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If an open vial of insulin (at a coolish room temperature) is good for 30 days, how long is an open vial of insulin good for when stored in the refrigerator?

May 6, 2008
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My son has morphea on his abdomen so he is injecting insulin away from the lesion. Sometimes the insulin seems ineffective. How does the morphea affect insulin absorption?

April 20, 2008
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Can increased insulin cause decreased potassium, resulting in decreased neuromuscular activity and decreased filtration in the kidneys?

March 31, 2008
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Since my pancreas does produce some insulin, does the addition of injected insulin cause the down-regulation of insulin receptors and persisiting hyperglycemia?

March 29, 2008
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I am a school nurse. The mom of a boy in my care wants me to administer 2 units of insulin to her son when he is treated for a low because he is sometimes high later. I’d prefer to give a smaller snack. What is your opinion?

March 12, 2008
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My daughter was recently diagnosed. Should I give her a correction dose of NovoLog if she’s high at 11 p.m., three hours after her snack? When should I give a correction shot at bedtime?

February 25, 2008
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