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From Indiana, USA:

Our 2 year old granddaughter was diagnosed nine months ago with Type 1 diabetes. Recently her insulin regimen was changed to add a third daily shot and a third insulin. Previously she was using Humalog and NPH. Regular insulin was added. Ever since the Regular was added, she refuses to eat much. Could lack of appetite be tied to an insulin reaction or sensitivity to the Regular insulin?

After two weeks of continual lows, the Regular has been stopped. Her eating is better but still a challenge.


Without more information regarding your granddaughter's insulin regimen, it would be hard to give you any advice.

A few thoughts: Sometimes children lose their appetite when they have low blood sugars. More commonly, they are hungry when their blood sugar is low. In any case it is important to try and avoid frequent low blood sugars.

After several months of diabetes, the original diet plan may be too much and may need to be cut back (and the insulin may need to be cut back too.) After the child has regained the weight lost before the diagnosis of diabetes was made, they usually don't require as much food to maintain the weight. If your grandchild is growing properly in weight and height, she is getting approximately the right amount of calories and insulin. If she is getting too much food, she may gain weight excessively even if the blood sugars are good.

I doubt the Regular insulin directly caused the abdominal complaints. If she was having a lot of lows with the Regular, perhaps she either did not need Regular at all or perhaps she needed a lower dose of Regular, or perhaps she needed a smaller dose of Humalog when the regular was added. Only frequent blood sugar monitoring before and after meals will help decide the best combination of insulin.


Original posting 3 Oct 1998
Posted to Insulin


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