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Blood Tests and Insulin Injections from 2004

  1. To achieve better control, I am testing 10 to 20 times a day. Is there any way I can feel more comfortable with my diabetes and not test as much? (24 Dec 2004)
  2. Are there any recommended guidelines on stopping insulin pump therapy? Is there anything I need to be aware of? (3 Dec 2004)
  3. My son was 273 mg/dl [15.2 mmol/L], but dropped after playing football. Could the high have been caused by a sugary substance on his finger? (28 Nov 2004)
  4. I switched to Lantus at bedtime. I'm 50 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L] lower in the morning. If I take less, my daytime blood sugars are high. What should I do? (26 Nov 2004)
  5. When I feel low at school, I go to the nurse to test. Sometimes she's downstairs and I have to go get her, which I feel is risky. What should I do? (12 Nov 2004)
  6. My son hasn't checked his blood sugar in six months and often injects an hour after eating. How can I convince him to be more diligent with his care? (7 Nov 2004)
  7. My son has bruises from injections. Would a shorter needle, or adding a ring to the Inject-Ease help with the bruising? (6 Nov 2004)
  8. I want my seven year old son to begin testing his blood sugar in the classroom. How do I approach this? Is he old enough to do so? (28 Oct 2004)
  9. I sometimes inject Lantus into my shoulders, in the deltoid muscle. I have developed frozen shoulder. Could it be caused by the acid base in the Lantus? (28 Oct 2004)
  10. Diagnosed recently, I test eight to 10 times a day to maintain target blood sugars. Is this acceptable? Why do I sometimes need much higher amounts of insulin? (21 Oct 2004)
  11. Is there any type of insulin that can be injected once a day? Instead of three injections, I would like to give my son only one per day. (21 Oct 2004)
  12. My teenaged daughter is "sick of diabetes" and has not been testing regularly. What can I do if she won't help herself? (20 Oct 2004)
  13. My sister, just diagnosed with type 1, has high blood sugars. Besides insulin, what is a way to normalize her blood sugars? (20 Oct 2004)
  14. Is it normal for a non-diabetic, three year old to have a blood sugar level of 175 mg/dl [9.7 mmol/L] on more than one occasion? (6 Oct 2004)
  15. Is it okay to use the back for glucose testing? Is there a different reading when using the back as opposed to other parts? (5 Oct 2004)
  16. My insurance company stopped paying for Humalog and gave me NovoLog. Now, I have painful welts where I inject. Have you heard of this? (30 Sep 2004)
  17. Is it okay to use my young son's toes to test his blood sugar? I've heard conflicting information. (25 Sep 2004)
  18. Are any non-invasive devices to measure blood sugars close to being commercially available? Have you heard of a contact lens to measure glucose levels? (13 Sep 2004)
  19. My 20 year old son has had diabetes since he was 10 months old. Now, he won't check his blood sugar before his injections. How can we get him to test? (12 Sep 2004)
  20. I'm 19 and just diagnosed with type 1. Is it possible that my pancreas will later produce insulin so I can take pills instead of injections? (10 Sep 2004)
  21. How do you explain urine ketones and a high level of urine glucose, but a low pre-prandial glucose reading? (10 Sep 2004)
  22. I would like to stop pumping and take injections for a while. Is this okay to do? (8 Sep 2004)
  23. Are injections the only way to receive insulin? How much insulin can one get from onion? Will there soon be a cure for diabetes? (31 Aug 2004)
  24. Why would a postprandial blood sugar, 70 mg/dl [3.9 mmol/L], be lower than a fasting blood sugar, 87 mg/dl [4.8 mmol/L]? (21 Aug 2004)
  25. My son was diagnosed with type 1 recently, but he no longer needs insulin to maintain target blood sugars. What is going on? (15 Aug 2004)
  26. My son has switched to NovoRapid and Lantus. Our doctor has said not to give correction shots, like I have always done. What should I do? (29 Jul 2004)
  27. I am looking for someone who has tried the Lasette machine. Does it hurt less than the lancet? What has the experience been? (26 Jul 2004)
  28. My teen daughter has an A1c below 7.0, but still has daily blood sugar fluctuations. Is this okay? We cannot afford a pump in India. (21 Jul 2004)
  29. Since we had problems, we stopped using the GlucoWatch on our son. What can you tell us about Pendragon Medical's non-invasive device? (21 Jul 2004)
  30. Is there a glucose monitor for use by the visually impaired? (6 Jul 2004)
  31. Is there a meter for checking one's blood sugar without blood? Is there a meter that is easy to use and requires a very small sample? (18 Jun 2004)
  32. Is there a way to monitor one's blood sugar without a finger stick? (18 Jun 2004)
  33. A nurse practitioner said that intramuscular injections allow faster absorption of insulin. I inject insulin subcutaneously. Which is recommended? (14 Jun 2004)
  34. I have diabetes, as well as a brittle bone and bleeding disorders. Can I test my blood sugar without blood? Should I be able to use a pump? (27 May 2004)
  35. How does the length of the needle on a syringe effect insulin absorption? (24 May 2004)
  36. Diagnosed recently, my daughter has been testing frequently at school. She has a headache or stomach ache. Could she have OCD like me? (21 May 2004)
  37. Is there a "sure-fire" location for testing one's blood glucose? We have difficulty obtaining adequate blood from our son. (19 May 2004)
  38. Are there test strips for determining one's blood glucose that do not require a meter, but give a general range? (19 May 2004)
  39. My daughter, who does not have diabetes, has both high and low blood sugars. Is it normal for a child's blood sugar to spike and fall? (13 May 2004)
  40. My teenaged son was recently diagnosed. He doesn't want to check his blood sugars and doesn't care about his future health. What should I do? (19 Apr 2004)
  41. Is it crucial that blood sugar values return to the normal range within two hours, or is three hours acceptable? (11 Apr 2004)
  42. Other than finger pricks, is there a less painful way of testing my son's blood sugar? At what age can my four year old get a pump? (25 Mar 2004)
  43. Twice, I had severe lows within an hour of taking my evening Lantus. It was well past my last shot of Humalog. Do you have an explanation? (24 Mar 2004)
  44. If my daughter has a small snack, is it possible to exercise enough to avoid hyperglycemia, or would she still need a small amount of insulin? (23 Mar 2004)
  45. After two years of diabetes, we keep reducing our son's insulin and he is still having low blood sugars. He exercises a lot. What is going on? (21 Mar 2004)
  46. What is the name of the glucose meter that does not require a separate lancet? (20 Mar 2004)
  47. In early March, six months after diagnosis, my son had so many lows he stopped taking insulin, but still had lows. Can anyone explain this? (18 Mar 2004)
  48. The doctor wants my son on a four shot regimen using Humalog and Lantus. I prefer three shots. Which is better? How can I discuss this with him? (17 Mar 2004)
  49. If my son's blood sugar is high at lunch, should he take the correction shot an hour before lunch or can he take it immediately before eating? (17 Mar 2004)
  50. During her stomach virus, we were told to stop giving our daughter insulin. Since then, her blood sugars have been fine. What is going on? (16 Mar 2004)
  51. My son will be attending day camp all summer. If we pre-fill syringes, would the staff be able to administer insulin? (15 Mar 2004)
  52. My son refuses to take his insulin. I get distracted by other kids and can't watch him take his shots. Would a pump be easier? (14 Mar 2004)
  53. What is the status of the TheraSense noninvasive glucose monitor? Are there any other companies developing real time monitors? (13 Mar 2004)
  54. I was surprised to hear my granddaughter is getting five to six insulin shots a day. Her blood sugars are erratic, too. Is this normal? (8 Mar 2004)
  55. Can you tell me if the standard normal blood sugar range 80-120 mg/dl [4.4-6.7 mmol/L] is in reference to whole blood or plasma? (6 Mar 2004)
  56. My toddler is now receiving six injections daily. Will he have injection site problems? Is this too many injections for his size? (4 Mar 2004)
  57. As a pediatric nurse, I am looking for a reliable glucometer that will register blood glucoses up to 1200 mg/dl [66.6 mmol/L]. Does one exist? (3 Mar 2004)
  58. My young daughter often wakes with high blood sugars. Can you explain more about rebounding? (28 Feb 2004)
  59. What insulin syringes have the finest needles for maximum comfort? I have the same question concerning the lancets. (22 Feb 2004)
  60. Is there any way my daughter's condition can be improved? What foods can she eat? Are there any alternatives to insulin injections? (21 Feb 2004)
  61. Where can I inject for slower insulin absorption? How long should I wait to exercise after taking my insulin? What are good snacks to treat lows? (20 Feb 2004)
  62. Although satisfied with my daughter's A1c, the doctor wants us to fine tune by doing blood glucose checks every two hours. Is this necessary? (18 Feb 2004)
  63. My Primary Care physician and I are disagreeing about a reasonable amount of testing. Who is right and why? (12 Feb 2004)
  64. My daughter has been experiencing difficulty giving herself injections. What can I do to help her? (11 Feb 2004)
  65. Can you point me to documentation that specifies how many times an insulin pump user should test? (9 Feb 2004)
  66. Our endocrinologist decided that we would try mixing the NovoLog with a steroid called dexamethazone. (6 Feb 2004)
  67. My son refuses to take insulin. I am tired of fighting him about taking his shots. I do not know what to do. (6 Feb 2004)
  68. Do lancets contain nickel? If so, what are my other options for pricking my finger? (31 Jan 2004)
  69. Is there a digital diabetes monitor without need of drawing blood? If so, where can I buy and its price range? (29 Jan 2004)
  70. What is a truly normal blood sugar profile for a non-diabetic healthy, non-obese individual? (29 Jan 2004)
  71. My daughter just had blood work done. Her c-peptide is 3.2 and her triglycerides are 199. (21 Jan 2004)
  72. A lab test showed my triglycerides to be around 624 mg/dl. What repercussions will this have on the glucometer results? (21 Jan 2004)
  73. The second test was almost immediately after I had had sex and I am wondering if this was the cause of the abnormal reading. (17 Jan 2004)
  74. Does it really take a count of 5 to 6 to get all the insulin out of a pen? (16 Jan 2004)
  75. Ss there an associated time frame for preprandial testing that is more valid for monitoring/treating with regular insulin? (16 Jan 2004)
  76. Why are blood glucose tests to be taken two hours after eating? (13 Jan 2004)
  77. How long does it normally take to get test results from the anti GAD test? (13 Jan 2004)
  78. Is it normal to have such a big difference between the arm and fingers? (11 Jan 2004)
  79. Since Lantus is clear, is there a reason we couldn't use a squirt of food color to inject into the Lantus so that it stands apart from his Humalog? (5 Jan 2004)

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