From Mercerville, New Jersey, USA:
My 11 year old daughter, who was diagnosed a little over a year ago with typeá1 diabetes, is cutting her twelve year old molars. I have been giving her Tylenol for the pain, and she has been having a lot of high blood sugars. I was curious if the pain or Tylenol could be causing these high blood sugars.
Pain is a potent cause of raised blood sugars. I would be surprised if there's enough sugar in standard Tylenol to make all that much difference.
[Editor's comment: Another possibility is that your daughter is entering puberty, which wreaks havoc with blood glucose control, increases insulin resistance, and causes insulin requirements to go up dramatically.
Additional comments from Jeff Hitchcock, CWD Founder and Editor:Some generic formulations of liquid pain killers may contain sugar instead of a non-nutritive sweetener. It's worth reading all the ingredients before choosing a pain killer to be sure that you know how many -- if any -- grams of carbohydrates are in each dose.
Original posting 28 Jan 2002
Additional comment added 3 March 2006
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:30
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