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  1. Can someone using insulin still lose weight? How much weight gain is normal when put on insulin? (30 Dec 2005)
  2. Diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, my daughter hasn't needed insulin for seven months. Could she still be in her honeymoon? (21 Dec 2005)
  3. I pre-mix Regular and Humalog insulins. Is it necessary to shake the pre-mixed vials prior to each injection? (20 Dec 2005)
  4. I recently started insulin and am concerned my fasting blood sugars are a bit high. How long should I wait before adjusting my insulin dose? (19 Dec 2005)
  5. The week before menses, I need to double my insulin due to resistance. Is this normal? (19 Dec 2005)
  6. Diagnosed with type 1.5 diabetes, my doctor wants me to take Byetta instead of insulin. What is its downside? Would it give me better control? (19 Dec 2005)
  7. Currently on Glucomet and Glucobay, my recent A1c was 7.21. What should I do to lower it? Should I take insulin? (11 Dec 2005)
  8. My son has had both glucose and ketones in his urine. Both have gone away. His pediatrician recommends insulin. Is this necessary? (9 Dec 2005)
  9. Why is it that my mother's insulin does not control her blood sugars better? Does she need a diet or other precautions? (9 Dec 2005)
  10. I've had type 1 a little less than a year. Recently, I've need less insulin and my blood sugars are in range. Am I still honeymooning? (9 Dec 2005)
  11. I just started caring for my granddaughter. She's been in DKA three times recently and is still high. Am I expecting too much, too soon? (2 Dec 2005)
  12. I've had diabetes for 26 years. During the past 10 years, I've had six to eight "systemic allergic reactions" shortly after injecting my insulin. What causes them? (30 Nov 2005)
  13. For a newly diagnosed child, wouldn't it be better to take Lantus and NovoLog, not NPH and Humulin? Is a pump acceptable within six months of diagnosis? (29 Nov 2005)
  14. My daughter may be intolerant to the preservative metacresol in insulin. Since she has type 1 and needs insulin, what should we do? (21 Nov 2005)
  15. After a year and half with type 1, my daughter's insulin needs were reduced. I expected her to need more insulin, not less. Is she still honeymooning? (16 Nov 2005)
  16. After five years on pills, my doctor put me on insulin and metformin. The shots do not seem to bring down my blood sugar. Should I take more insulin? (16 Nov 2005)
  17. I heard that pumpers should be getting 50% of their TDD as basal insulin. My daughter's basals are 25% of her TDD. Should I adjust it closer to 50%? (12 Nov 2005)
  18. Since switching to NovoLog and Lantus, my daughter's blood sugars are consistently around 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L]. What do you recommend? (9 Nov 2005)
  19. I adjusted my daughter's insulin to prevent a two hour spike after breakfast. Now, she's often low before lunch. What do you recommend? (2 Nov 2005)
  20. How long is a child's honeymoon and when will you know the honeymoon is over? How much R and NPH should a child be taking? (2 Nov 2005)
  21. How long will it take for insulin to react and lower one's blood sugar level after a spike in blood sugar levels? (29 Oct 2005)
  22. After starting on 30/70 insulin, I got a rash on my leg that has since spread to other parts of my body. Is it possible I am allergic to the insulin? (26 Oct 2005)
  23. My mother takes oral medications for type 2, but her doctor has suggested she start insulin. Is this necessary? Are there other options? (22 Oct 2005)
  24. The endocrinologist recommends that we reduce my son's slow-acting insulin since lows may affect brain development. What is your opinion? (17 Oct 2005)
  25. Is it safe to do a mixed injection of Lantus, NovoLog and NPH? (9 Oct 2005)
  26. Can you comment on my son's current insulin dosing, the number of blood tests we are doing, and whether or not he may still be producing insulin? (3 Oct 2005)
  27. For tighter control, should I take a correction shot when my blood sugar is over 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] or wait until my next injection time to correct? (21 Sep 2005)
  28. My wife takes Regular and NPH and is having highs after her injections, but lows several hours later. Why is her blood sugar spiking? (19 Sep 2005)
  29. Are there any published articles about the Un-Tethered Regimen I can give my daughter's diabetes team? In case of pump failure, what insulin should I give my daughter? (14 Sep 2005)
  30. I'm 17 and had been omitting insulin for about six months. I was trying to lose weight, but now I can't stop omitting it. What can I do? (6 Sep 2005)
  31. My mother has had type 1 for over 40 years. She has frequent violent seizures. She refuses to get help. Can insulin cause weight loss? (6 Sep 2005)
  32. How do we figure out the amount of insulin to be given when removing the pump for football practice and games? (6 Sep 2005)
  33. I am a nurse, type 1 myself, and have a patient taking Lantus, Humalog and NPH. I've never heard of this combination. Could this be correct? (26 Aug 2005)
  34. My daughter's pump malfunctioned last night so we gave her NovoLog until a new pump arrived. What other insulin options are there? (23 Aug 2005)
  35. After four high readings in four days, my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 in July 2005. Is this an early diagnosis? Should she be on insulin? (22 Aug 2005)
  36. I was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2004. I took one pill a day and got my A1c down by May and stopped the pills. Is this my honeymoon? How long will it last? (22 Aug 2005)
  37. My 30 month old niece takes NPH twice a day and has erratic eating habits. How we can even out the glycemic control? (19 Aug 2005)
  38. My niece recently started a new insulin regimen to prevent constant highs. It isn't working. What insulins are there? How do we know what insulins she should use? (17 Aug 2005)
  39. What insulins can be mixed together? (11 Aug 2005)
  40. My daughter is now more active, therefore needing less insulin. Her blood sugars are in range. Does this increase her chance of going into DKA? (11 Aug 2005)
  41. My daughter primarily uses Lantus to control her diabetes. Could she have a tumor in her pancreas producing insulin? Could she still be in her honeymoon? (3 Aug 2005)
  42. What risk does a patient have when combining pills (glyburide) and Insulin (Humulin 70/30) shots? (3 Aug 2005)
  43. Newly diagnosed with type 1, what would happen if I were to miss a shot? If I were to lose health insurance, could I go a month without insulin? (2 Aug 2005)
  44. Now that she is 42 kg and taking 46 units of insulin per day, I am concerned my daughter has insulin resistance. How can I confirm and minimize this? (1 Aug 2005)
  45. I take pills for my diabetes and have an A1c of 7.6. At age 73, I have no complications so my doctor does not recommend insulin. Is he correct? (24 Jul 2005)
  46. How long can someone live without insulin? (20 Jul 2005)
  47. Could you give me some advice about what I should eat or drink to help my sugar come down? Can I change the insulin to tablets or medication? (20 Jul 2005)
  48. We are moving to Winnipeg, Canada this year and need to change our daughter's insulin to one available there. Where can we find a diabetes team? (18 Jul 2005)
  49. I take 260 units of 70/30, which I think this a lot of insulin. Is there another treatment I should try? (17 Jul 2005)
  50. Are my daughter's blood sugars high because she is in puberty? Why hasn't the doctor increased her insulin? (12 Jul 2005)
  51. My daughter has had insulin edema since about a month after her diagnosis with type 1. Is it normal for insulin edema to last so long? (25 Jun 2005)
  52. Is it okay for my son to take a second injection of fast-acting insulin for additional food while he still has insulin on board from a previous injection? (16 Jun 2005)
  53. My son takes more long-acting insulin than others with his age and size. Will his insulin requirements increase as he ages? Will he become insulin resistant? (8 Jun 2005)
  54. I was diagnosed with type 1 after taking Ziak for hypertension. What role did this medication have in causing my symptoms? (1 Jun 2005)
  55. Insulin gave me a bloated stomach so I stopped taking it. It came back when I resumed insulin. Is it going to go away? Is this a normal side effect? (30 May 2005)
  56. Since treatment for a brain tumor, my wife's insulin needs have decreased dramatically and she is having lows. I keep the insulin locked up. What is going on? (30 May 2005)
  57. How do I know how much insulin to give my daughter? She's still in her honeymoon, but needs NovoLog sometimes. I am confused by the doctor's explanation. (28 May 2005)
  58. For someone who is allergic to Humulin/Humalog, what other options are there, since Lilly no longer makes pork insulin? (28 May 2005)
  59. Should I retake my shot if blood comes out after the injection? (27 May 2005)
  60. Since a recent flu and cold, my daughter has been experiencing low blood sugars even after we have reduced her insulin. What could be going on? (23 May 2005)
  61. Tonight, my mood changed dramatically after supper, before my insulin. Could my mood change have been caused by my blood sugar? (20 May 2005)
  62. Could environmental allergies make it necessary to increase one's insulin to avoid high blood sugars? (15 May 2005)
  63. Is there such thing as insulin overdose for pregnant woman? Is there an ideal amount of insulin recommended for pregnant diabetic woman? (29 Apr 2005)
  64. How accurate is the A1c? Should I change my insulin regimen based on my current A1c, 8.4? (28 Apr 2005)
  65. Should my son need to switch back to shots from pumping, how do we figure out how much NPH/Humalog to give him? Lantus is not available. (24 Apr 2005)
  66. I have been taking extra insulin to combat highs and I am gaining weight. Is the insulin making me fat? Could I have possibly developed type 2 diabetes? (23 Apr 2005)
  67. If the pancreas of a person with type 2 stops producing insulin, does the person remain classified as type 2 or type 1? Is this common? (21 Apr 2005)
  68. I am 22 and take Amaryl and Avandamet. Despite exercise and healthy eating habits, I still have high blood sugars. Will insulin help me? (17 Apr 2005)
  69. My friend has type 2 and takes insulin. She is having terrible muscle spasms. Can they be caused by the diabetes or insulin? (15 Apr 2005)
  70. My son is taking NovoLog Pen injections. Could you tell me how long the insulin in the pen lasts after it has been puntcured? (10 Apr 2005)
  71. My father has had no changes to his diabetes medications. Yet, his insulin dosage has been cut by more than half. What could be the reason? (7 Apr 2005)
  72. To help lower morning blood sugars, the doctor wants my son on Lantus, but my son doesn't want a lunch shot. Is there a regimen that does not include a lunch shot? (1 Apr 2005)
  73. How should I adjust our Humalog and Lantus regimen when the time changes to Daylight Savings Time this weekend? (1 Apr 2005)
  74. My son has elevated blood sugars in the winter, normal ones in the summer, so the doctor wants him on insulin. What could be going on? (25 Mar 2005)
  75. Although my young grandson has been diagnosed with type 1, he is not yet on insulin. Can you help me understand what is going on? (22 Mar 2005)
  76. My fasting blood sugars have been elevated since starting Albuterol. Is this from illness or Albuterol? Do people with acanthosis nigricans always have insulin resistance? (22 Mar 2005)
  77. Since we are going to Australia for a year, should we ship supplies since we cannot carry it all? Can my friend get insulin in Australia? (17 Mar 2005)
  78. At age 21, I was diagnosed with type 1. I take 12 units of insulin daily. Was I misdiagnosed? Do I need more tests? Could I just be a non-typical type 1? (15 Mar 2005)
  79. I take Humalog for meals and NPH at bedtime. I keep waking with very high blood sugars, even when in range three hours before. What do you suggest? (14 Mar 2005)
  80. On Actos and Lantus, my blood sugars are over 300 mg/dl [16.7 mmol/L]. The doctor said to increase my Lantus, but never gave a maximum. What should I do? (14 Mar 2005)
  81. My daughter was recently diagnosed. She takes Lantus and rapid-acting insulin three times a day. What do you think of this regimen? (13 Mar 2005)
  82. When someone with type 1 is ill, not eating, and having lower blood sugars, do you still need to give them insulin? (12 Mar 2005)
  83. I have had epidural steroid shots for pain. I have increased my NPH, but I am still having high fasting blood sugars. Is it safe to take more insulin? (6 Mar 2005)
  84. Diagnosed six months ago, I was having lows using Actrapid and Monotard twice daily. Can I take five units of Human Mixtard 40 instead? (6 Mar 2005)
  85. My son takes Regular and NPH. He was high at lunch, so we changed his morning snack. Now, he's sometimes low at lunch. Is there a happy medium? (3 Mar 2005)
  86. Since diagnosis, my son needs only NPH. His is consistently around 100 mg/dl [5.6 mmol/L]. Could he have type 2 or could it just be the honeymoon? (1 Mar 2005)
  87. Does insulin or diabetes affect babies' growth? (26 Feb 2005)
  88. I was recently diagnosed with type 1. I take only nine units of insulin. Why so little? Should I tell my diabetes team about previous hypoglycemia? (23 Feb 2005)
  89. My daughter takes two shots daily of Regular and NPH. Would it be okay for her to take Mixtard 70/30 insulin? (21 Feb 2005)
  90. What symptoms indicate that I might need to take insulin? I have type 2 and take metformin, Actos and Amaryl. I often feel tired. (19 Feb 2005)
  91. If I use Insuflon, can I inject Ultralente and Humalog into it? Can it be a mixed injection? Can you explain in what order you draw up insulin into a syringe? (18 Feb 2005)
  92. During her two month honeymoon, my daughter has had no insulin injections. Is a cure possible? Is a natural recovery possible? (17 Feb 2005)
  93. Due to lows, we usually reduce our daughter's insulin when she exercises. What should we do when she goes skiing next week? (30 Jan 2005)
  94. My son had a stomach flu, then needed less insulin. Now, he needs higher correction doses to combat nighttime highs. Is this common after the flu? (30 Jan 2005)
  95. What is your opinion of diluted insulin? Is it typical for a two year old to be very high one day, then lower the next, all with the same routine? (30 Jan 2005)
  96. I take Humalog Mix 75/25 before breakfast and dinner. How can I get more flexibility with respect to the time I can eat lunch? (30 Jan 2005)
  97. We are considering switching to Lantus to avoid lows at 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. and to eliminate required snacks. What differences can I expect with the change? (30 Jan 2005)
  98. My son has polyglandular syndrome. The doctor wants to add metformin to his medications. How do we adjust his basal and bolus rates when he's on the metformin? (29 Jan 2005)
  99. Is it true that Lantus can aggravate retinopathy in pregnant women? Should I change insulins? Should I be induced, as my ophthalmologist has recommended? (25 Jan 2005)
  100. Is there another way of taking insulin other than injections? (22 Jan 2005)
  101. Is there a way to determine how much insulin to give my daughter to help bring her in range? Do we need to increase her Lantus or NovoRapid? (22 Jan 2005)
  102. When I got my 1.5 ml Humalog pen cartridges, a sticker was attached indicating Lilly is ceasing production of these cartridges. Can you confirm this? (17 Jan 2005)
  103. Recently, my blood sugars have been elevated despite larger doses of insulin and smaller portions. Why could this be? (17 Jan 2005)
  104. With a creatinine of 1.4 mg/dl, the doctors switched me from metformin to Avandia. My A1c went up so they want me on insulin. Are there any alternatives? (14 Jan 2005)
  105. Why don't more adults used the Insuflon? Is the catheter inserted at a greater depth than a needle? Could I use it for short acting insulin? (11 Jan 2005)
  106. Last night, I accidentally gave myself my Lantus dose twice. I was up all night testing and drinking juice. What should I do if this happens again? (9 Jan 2005)
  107. What happens when insulin is "old?" How long after the date on the bottle does this happen? How can a person tell? (9 Jan 2005)
  108. I want to run a 50 mile race. I have reduced my insulin and eaten 50g carbs per hour in shorter races. Is there anything else I should do to run a 50 mile race? (8 Jan 2005)
  109. I am caring for a two week infant who is HIV exposed with neonatal diabetes. Glycemic control is poor. Why? (7 Jan 2005)
  110. I'm six months pregnant. My doctor wants me to increase my NPH to lower my fasting blood sugar. Why do I need fasting blood sugars? (6 Jan 2005)
  111. My son takes NovoRapid for meals at five hour intervals. His blood sugars are often high three and a half hours after meals. Are we testing too soon or is this expected? (4 Jan 2005)
  112. After 15 years with diabetes, I am planning to conceive. I use Humulin N and Humalog. What other insulins should I use during my pregnancy? (4 Jan 2005)

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