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Hyperglycemia and DKA from 2008

  1. The doctor thinks my son's body is producing antibodies to the insulin we are injecting. His blood sugars are high, despite different insulin regimens. What should we do? (24 Dec 2008)
  2. On weekends, my son prefers to take injections. He runs high the first night even if he still has Humalog in his system when I give him Lantus. What do you recommend? (21 Dec 2008)
  3. I've had diabetes for 26 years. For the past five years, I have been waking up high around 2 or 3 a.m. Is this the Somogyi effect or something else? (8 Dec 2008)
  4. While laboratory testing indicated a normal blood sugar, some of my daughter's post meal blood sugars have been elevated. What does this mean? (3 Dec 2008)
  5. Lately, my daughter's blood sugars have been over 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L]. Why would this be? Could she be insulin resistant? Can she take Avandia? (19 Nov 2008)
  6. I discovered my grandson's had an elevated blood sugar. The doctor indicated she'd check later at my grandson's next check-up. Shouldn't there be more concern? (4 Nov 2008)
  7. Just diagnosed with type 1, my niece has developed a rash. Could she be allergic to the insulin? Are high blood sugars common for someone so newly diagnosed? (31 Oct 2008)
  8. My son's blood sugar was elevated afer an oral steroid, but has been normal since then. What does this mean? (28 Oct 2008)
  9. Sometimes I let my son go to school after he has had ketones in the morning. We change his site and insulin first. Is this okay? The school has no nurse. (22 Oct 2008)
  10. Following his first episode of DKA two weeks ago, my teen son's vision has blurred considerably. Is this a result of the DKA? Will it correct itself? (20 Oct 2008)
  11. What would cause an increase in blood sugar levels in response to an increase in insulin when there are no lows prior to elevated blood sugar levels? (8 Oct 2008)
  12. Do you have any suggestions for helping us avoid our daughter's hospitalizations for DKA? (6 Oct 2008)
  13. Is it possible for a non-diabetic to have an isolated high blood glucose reading? (30 Sep 2008)
  14. I have type 2. Lately, I have been experiencing elevated blood sugars, increased thirst, and hot flushes. Should I contact my doctor? (24 Sep 2008)
  15. 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? (17 Sep 2008)
  16. My son has been running very high over the last month. Every time we increase his insulin, his blood sugar goes up. Could his liver be overproducing glucose? (12 Sep 2008)
  17. My daughter has blood sugar spikes in mid-afternoons and late evenings, so we have increased her basal rates at these times. Why is she high at these times? (10 Sep 2008)
  18. Although I exercise and eat lower carbohydrate meals, my blood sugars are elevated, even more so when I am on steroids. What do you recommend? (31 Aug 2008)
  19. Using a friend's meter, my daughter has had elevated blood sugars, but the pediatrician won't diagnose diabetes without laboratory testing. What is your opinion? (16 Aug 2008)
  20. My daughter has had high blood sugars at home, as high as 350 mg/dl [19.4 mmol/L]. The doctor said she does not have diabetes. What should I do? (16 Aug 2008)
  21. My son has been complaining of chest pain, which is accompanied by high blood sugars, despite a recent increase in his NPH. What could be causing the pain? (15 Aug 2008)
  22. For a week, my blood sugars have been higher than normal due to bacterial pneumonia. How long will it be until my blood sugars are normal? (17 Jul 2008)
  23. Can hyperglycemia cause peripheral neuropathy whereas occasional HYPOglycemia causes autonomic neuropathy? (16 Jul 2008)
  24. I've been dieting, consuming protein shakes and bars. My blood sugar is slightly higher afterwards, more than when I eat regular foods. Why is this? (16 Jul 2008)
  25. Is there proof that diabetic neuropathy is developed due to persisting hyperglycemia for prolonged time? (24 Jun 2008)
  26. Can one's body become accustomed to high blood sugars if they are persistent? So, when the blood sugars are closer to normal, might it seem like hypoglycemia? (15 Jun 2008)
  27. When a person is diagnosed in the 1000s mg/dl [over 55.6 mmol/L], is there more damage to the body and pancreas than a person who is, say, 600 mg/dl [33.3 mmol/L]? (18 May 2008)
  28. After taking epilyn syrup for seizures, my son's blood sugar was elevated. He needed insulin to bring it down to normal. Could the syrup have caused the high blood sugar? (17 May 2008)
  29. Sometimes after dinner, my blood sugar is very high. Is it safe to take an extra dose of Humalog to bring it down? (30 Apr 2008)
  30. We were told my son's diabetes was caused by his bipolar medications. Now, the doctors say those medications are not working because of high blood sugars. Is this possible? (30 Apr 2008)
  31. My teen son is experiencing very high blood sugars around 2 or 3 a.m. We've tried increasing his insulin, but he's still high. Is this related to his growth hormones? (29 Apr 2008)
  32. In puberty, my son has high blood sugars and ketones. The doctor has suggested a home health aide to administer I.V. fluids. Is this scenario common? (27 Apr 2008)
  33. Both of my kids were on pumps, but I took them off after my daughter kept having ketones. The doctor never called me back. Can you explain the ketones? (25 Apr 2008)
  34. On a feeding tube since infancy, my four-year-old had elevated blood sugars in laboratory work. Might she need a change in formula? Or, could she have type 1? (7 Apr 2008)
  35. Since my pancreas does produce some insulin, does the addition of injected insulin cause the down-regulation of insulin receptors and persisiting hyperglycemia? (29 Mar 2008)
  36. Can persisting hyperglycemia be due to some instability of digestion, absorption and excretion besides glucose and other nutrients? (29 Mar 2008)
  37. Since the end of her honeymoon, we've split my daughter's Lantus into two doses. She's fine during the day, but high at night. What do you suggest? (24 Mar 2008)
  38. My daughter had good control until puberty. In the past year, she has been hospitalized nine times for DKA. We know she's getting insulin. Why does she keep going into DKA? (21 Mar 2008)
  39. Recently hospitalized in DKA, I would like to know if my age, 15, could have anything to do with my high blood sugars. I do not skip insulin. (18 Mar 2008)
  40. Is hyperglycemia with higher lipid levels more damaging than hyperglycemia with normal or near to lower normal range of lipids? (16 Mar 2008)
  41. After seven years with type 1 and ketones only when high or ill, my daughter is having moderate to large ketones more frequently. What are the long term consequences of them? (14 Mar 2008)
  42. Since switching to Lantus a year ago, I've started having seizures. After 30 years with type 1, why is this now happening? Also, why are my pre-lunch readings high if I skipped breakfast? (15 Feb 2008)
  43. While on steroids for her asthma, my daughter has had elevated blood sugars during her nighttime oral feedings. Are the high blood sugars likely related to the steroids? (6 Feb 2008)
  44. My daughter lifts weights in the morning, then runs for about an hour prior to college soccer practice. She's often too high to practice. What can she do? (4 Feb 2008)
  45. Although I take 500 mg metformin three times a day, I sometimes have elevated blood sugars. What do you suggest? Should I be taking any other medications? (31 Jan 2008)
  46. I have had some elevated blood sugars for 11 months, but my A1c is not that high. Are there any newer drugs that can work with metformin and are not harmful? (29 Jan 2008)
  47. Both my fasting and random blood sugars are quite elevated, even though I take Amaryl and Glucophage. Why is this? (28 Jan 2008)
  48. Recently diagnosed, my toddler's blood sugars are still somewhat elevated. Why is this? Could she be skipping the honeymoon phase? (27 Jan 2008)
  49. How can we prevent post breakfast highs? Why is my daughter so insulin resistant? How can we get her to test less frequently? She tests almost every hour. (23 Jan 2008)
  50. My daughter was recently hospitalized with DKA. Which of her test results best indicates DKA? How severe was it? Can you help me understand her test results? (8 Jan 2008)

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