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My daughter is 15 years old. She was diagnosed with diabetes four years ago. She has been having unexplained highs. Could it really be that she needs to take more insulin to cover what she eats?

November 7, 1999
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How does my doctor determine how much insulin I need to take? She looks at this card with the time the different insulins take to work and then tells me to take, like 24 units in the morning? How does she arrive at the number 24?

November 2, 1999
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I’m 22 years old and have been self-administering insulin for bodybuilding purposes. I went into hypoglycemia 4 times within 2 weeks. On the second occurrence, my hand went kind of numb. The 4th occurrence yielded an even greater numbness. Is this atherosclerosis or nerve damage?

October 26, 1999
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What are the effects of taking too much insulin? And if one did, what is the best way to rid it?

October 26, 1999
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I am currently taking 120 units of Mixtard 30 in the morning and again before dinner. Is this considered a lot? My GP seems to think so but he cannot get an answer from the Diabetic Clinic here.

October 24, 1999
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What is the difference between Humulin NPH and NPH Iletin I?

October 11, 1999
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I’m a 42 year old black male with type 2 diabetes. I’m currently using a 70/30 insulin premix. Is there a formula (i.e., a sliding scale) to calculate the units of insulin required to counteract a given blood glucose level when blood glucose is checked periodically?

October 10, 1999
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How does insulin affect the feelings of hunger? My teenage daughter is experiencing constant feelings of hunger and is having real difficulty controling her appetite.

September 28, 1999
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My four year old daughter was diagnosed one month ago. Her blood sugars are progressively going up at supper time despite the fact that I keep raising her dosage at lunch time.

September 28, 1999
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My daughter is 6 1/2 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes Type 1 2.5 years ago. She weighs 33 kilos. At her recent appointment her endocrinologist said her body is rejecting the insulin. I have never heard of this.

September 27, 1999
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My 13-year-old daughter would love to be able to eat only when hungry, rather than on a schedule. She takes Humalog and NPH in the morning, Humalog at dinner, and NPH at bedtime. She isn’t interested in a pump.

September 20, 1999
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My 7 year old daughter has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for about 3.5 years. She is on lispro and Ultralente insulins. She says the Ultralente burns when it is injected by itself. She says it hurts less when the Ultralente is mixed with a few units of lispro (when needed). Is this common?

September 14, 1999
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Our son is type 1, age seven, normal weight, was diagnosed two years ago. He only needs a total of ten Protaphane and two Actrapid each day. Why does he only need such a small dose?

September 14, 1999
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My husband takes Lente Iletin I (beef-pork) and Regular Iletin I (beef-pork), both of which are being discontinued. What type of insulin would be a compatible substitute for each?

September 12, 1999
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Please supply details of side effects and adverse reactions to human insulin versus animal insulin.

September 5, 1999
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My son will be visiting his grandparents in another state soon. In order to make this a little easier for his grandparents, I am wondering it I can go ahead and load the syringes with the proper amount of NPH ahead of time. Then, all they would have to worry about measuring and adding is the Humalog.

September 2, 1999
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My 14 year old son with Type 1 diabetes will be going on a school trip soon. He will be traveling by bus and staying in motels for five days. I am concerned about keeping his insulin cool.

August 30, 1999
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My 4 year old son has had Type�1 diabetes since he was 21 months old. We frequently have to give a second shot about 3 hours after a high fat meal to bring his blood sugar into acceptable range. Can you offer an alternative injection strategy for dealing with fatty foods? How about a mixed shot of Regular insulin and Humalog?

August 30, 1999
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My son was diagnosed 2 months ago. He is 7 years old. His blood sugar readings have been sporadic and it doesn’t seem as if we can get control. He takes 8-9 units of 70/30 with breakfast and 3 units of the same insulin with dinner. Do you have any suggestions?

August 28, 1999
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My 6.5 year old takes 2 injections a day of Regular, Lente and Ultralente. The shots are given at 6:45 A.M. and 5:35 P.M. Her night time snack is at 8 P.M. At approximately 9 P.M., she sometimes feels low and is. Why would this be happening: there is no insulin peaking at that time?

August 27, 1999
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