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From Arizona, USA:

I have a 13-year-old who has had Type 1 diabetes for 2 years, and just recently started on Humalog and Ultralente. Because she doesn't have the strict eating schedule she used to have, she eats a lot more often and just takes her insulin to cover it. She hasn't become overweight so is there a problem doing this? Can a person take too much insulin as long as the blood glucose's are good? Her A1c's have been under 7 all this time.

Answer:

Sounds like she's doing a great job. No, there's no definite evidence of any risk from taking "too much" insulin for people with Type 1 diabetes. (There is some concern that, with Type 2 patients, excessive insulin, along with obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels, might contribute to some of the complications in what is sometimes called "Syndrome X.")

As long as her weight and glycohemoglobin are both under control, and she's not crashing into hypoglycemic episodes, she's doing as best as anyone could hope for!

SS

Original posting 7 Dec 97

  
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