From Waco, Texas, USA:
I have a son who is 5 years old with Type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 2 and 1/2 years old. His A1c readings for the last year have been under 7. His last was 6.3. We give him one unit of N at night after he is asleep at about 11:00 P.M., but there are many times that he still wakes up with a reading that is higher than desirable. We've have been told that the N will offset to some extent the effect that his growth hormone has on his A.M. glucose reading. However, giving him the shot at night is stressful to his mom. We are wondering if that small amount of insulin makes that much of a difference and could we simply omit that nighttime shot?
You should discuss this with your own team. Decisions about the specifics of insulin doses are best discussed locally. Actually, one unit of insulin in a young child can make a difference but the whole problem needs to be looked at in the context of his overall control and the mental well-being of the family.
Original posting 24 Jun 1998
Posted to Insulin
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
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