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From Illinois, USA:

My eight year old son has Type 1 diabetes. We try and keep his sugar between 80 and 180. He is tested a minimum of four times (morning, lunch, dinner, bedtime). When we test him after a meal (30 minutes or longer) his sugar is elevated over 200. What kind of glucose levels can we expect after a meal?

Answer:

Sugar levels an hour after meals are largely dependent upon the nature of the food and the type of insulin used. Traditionally, it has been recommended that you inject 30 minutes before eating so that there's some insulin "waiting for the food". With new insulins like lispro insulin [Humalog® brand] this is not necessary because it's fast acting. In the DCCT study the intention was to keep 1 hour postprandial (after eating) sugars below 10 mmol [180 mg/dl].

KJR

Original posting 9 Sep 97

  
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