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  1. Why would a female in good control of her diabetes have high DHEAS levels? Would metformin help reduce the level? (30 Sep 2005)

  2. Can you comment on the safety of mixing the drugs I am taking? (30 Sep 2005)

  3. My brother has diabetes and continues to eat a lot of cakes, ice cream, etc. Since he has a heart condition and smokes, what will all of these bad habits do in the long run? (30 Sep 2005)

  4. The pharmacist said that even sugar free cough drops will affect my daughter's blood sugars. Are there any that won't do so? (30 Sep 2005)

  5. We have learned that our teen daughter has been omitting insulin. What do we do? We know she will refuse therapy. (30 Sep 2005)

  6. Someone told me about some boys who were diagnosed with type 1 at an early age, then grew out of the disease around puberty. What is this? Is this misinformation? (30 Sep 2005)

  7. What can you tell me about the theoretical link to cancer with insulin analogs? Because of this, I will not use the Lantus/NovoLog regimen. (29 Sep 2005)

  8. Several maternal relatives have/had type 1 and I've had it for 21 years. since I don't have complications yet, could I have some protective enzyme? If I marry someone who seems to have a genetic protection from diabetes, could any future children be protected from developing the disease? (29 Sep 2005)

  9. I take Lantus and Humalog to control my diabetes. I eat well and get a lot of exercise, but I have developed a "saggy" abdomen with signs of hypertrophy. What should I do to firm up my abdomen and lose weight? (29 Sep 2005)

  10. My grandson has been diagnosed with pre-metabolic diabetes. What exactly is this? I am trying to find more information. (29 Sep 2005)

  11. My seven year old is not coping well mentally after having two seizures that were not related to her diabetes? How do I deal with this attitude? (29 Sep 2005)

  12. Do the symptoms of diabetes always occur together? Do they worsen when one eats? Is urinating five to seven times a day excessive? (29 Sep 2005)

  13. My son's annual transglutaminase reading was 7, up from 4. Do we need to worry about this? Will it continue to rise, meaning celiac is imminent? (29 Sep 2005)

  14. My teen son disconnects his pump for football practice and is always HIGH. He injects NovoLog to correct his blood sugar. How does he replace the missing basal insulin? What is your opinion of the Un-Tethered Regimen? (27 Sep 2005)

  15. My 12 month old has had diabetes for three months. Since getting her immunizations three weeks ago, her blood sugars are much higher. Is this from the stress of the shots? Is it temporary? What should my biggest concerns be about her health now and in the future? (26 Sep 2005)

  16. Can someone with type 2 on oral medication donate blood? (26 Sep 2005)

  17. My son has almost no insulin production, per one test, yet doesn't have really high blood sugars. He does have intermittent elevated blood sugars. What is going on? (26 Sep 2005)

  18. Why do I get thirsty when my blood sugars are high? (26 Sep 2005)

  19. My daughter covers her high carbohydrate foods with insulin to keep her blood sugar normal, but she is overweight. What are the long-term effects of her diet? (26 Sep 2005)

  20. I live in South Carolina and need insurance for my daughter. We make too much money for Medicaid. Is there another program for which I qualify? (26 Sep 2005)

  21. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism two years ago, my daughter has gained weight. How can we help her lose the weight? Is something else wrong? (26 Sep 2005)

  22. Although my son's doctor has prescribed 300 test strips per month, the insurance company will only approve 150. Can you give me information to support my request for more strips? (26 Sep 2005)

  23. What are the effects of being "LO?" Are there long-term effects? (26 Sep 2005)

  24. Where can I find information on diabetes that is written in Greek? (26 Sep 2005)

  25. At what age do complications of diabetes start to occur? (26 Sep 2005)

  26. Are there any differences when using NovoLog insulin in an insulin pump rather than Humalog? (23 Sep 2005)

  27. I've had type 1 for three months. When I attend a carnival in October, what should I expect my blood sugars to do? How do I prevent lows? With in-range blood sugars, am I in my honeymoon? (23 Sep 2005)

  28. After opening bottles of Lantus and Humalog insulins, how long can they be used? (23 Sep 2005)

  29. I was diagnosed with type 1 eight years ago, but one doctor says I may have type 1.5. I take Avandamet with Lantus and Humalog. Are there dangers mixing the pills and insulin? (23 Sep 2005)

  30. My son is experiencing headaches in the afternoon. He has not had ketones. Are the headaches diabetes related? (22 Sep 2005)

  31. Is there funding or other help for our family to attend a conference for much needed information and support? (22 Sep 2005)

  32. After several treatments, the ulcer on my husband's toe is almost gone, but the toe still appears swollen and deformed. Is this likely to be its new normal appearance? (22 Sep 2005)

  33. For now, my sixth grader walks to the nurse to check her blood sugar. Does she have the right to test in the classroom? (21 Sep 2005)

  34. I've had diabetes since I was pregnant. My son's recent A1c was 5.9. Does this mean he may get type 1? Should I be concerned with his A1c? (21 Sep 2005)

  35. My son, diagnosed with type 1 three years ago, sometimes cannot sleep or sleeps excessively. What could be going on? (21 Sep 2005)

  36. When he was diagnosed two weeks ago, my three year old had an elevated A1c, ketones, and no GAD antibodies. Wouldn't the antibodies be negative anyway since we don't know when onset was? The doctor thinks he has MODY, not type 1. (21 Sep 2005)

  37. My daughter has hypothyroidism and has developed abscesses on her body. Could these mean she has diabetes? (21 Sep 2005)

  38. After four years with type 1, my daughter seems unable to detect lows until she is very low. Can young children have hypoglycemia unawareness? Should she try continuous monitoring? (21 Sep 2005)

  39. To have 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)

  40. The ophthalmologist said my son needs glasses. I am concerned that this was because of his high blood sugars at his recent diagnosis. What should I do? Should I get him the glasses? (21 Sep 2005)

  41. For several months, I have had intermittent "outer itching" in my vaginal region. The treatments burned. I then had foamy urine. Could this be diabetes? (21 Sep 2005)

  42. If I had an elevated blood sugar at 37 weeks, will I be placed on a diet or have labor induced? (21 Sep 2005)

  43. My daughter has lower blood sugars when taking Sulfatrim pediatric. Why is this drug not given to people with type 1? Could my daughter have type 2? What do you know about Allbaid? (20 Sep 2005)

  44. My GTT results indicated elevated blood sugars, then I dieted and the levels were in range. Do I have insulin resistance or pre-diabetes? (20 Sep 2005)

  45. I cannot take sildenafil. Are there any other drugs for treating sexual dysfunction that do not interact with blood pressure medications and affect diabetes? (20 Sep 2005)

  46. My son has some symptoms of diabetes and occasional high blood sugars. He is taking melatonin. Could the melatonin actually help him if he is developing diabetes? (19 Sep 2005)

  47. 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)

  48. If someone is to have fasting blood work to test for diabetes, will the test be affected if he/she drinks a Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi before the test? (17 Sep 2005)

  49. I have started eating more fruits and vegetables, but the fruits make my blood sugar spike very high. Why is this? Is this common? (17 Sep 2005)

  50. How does honey compare to sugar on a nutritional level in diabetic glycemic control? How much do honey and sugar raise one's blood sugar? How should one incorporate artificial sweeteners into one's diet? (17 Sep 2005)

  51. I've heard vodka doesn't raise one's blood sugar. Is there any other alcohol that would be better? (16 Sep 2005)

  52. Are there any medical alert bracelets with timers in them? (16 Sep 2005)

  53. My son has some of the symptoms of diabetes. With erratic blood sugars, the doctor suspects type 2 or diabetes inspidus. Which could it be? I'm concerned about the high blood sugars and his weight loss. (14 Sep 2005)

  54. I was diagnosed with type 2 with an elevated blood sugar and 10.6 A1c. A week later, my blood sugar was normal and my A1c 10.0. Is there another explanation for the high A1c? Should I have a glucose tolerance test? (14 Sep 2005)

  55. I have low fructosamine. What does that mean? (14 Sep 2005)

  56. Are there any published articles about the Un-Tethered Regimen? My daughter's diabetes team has not heard of this. In case of pump failure, what insulin should I give my daughter? Her doctor recommended NPH. (14 Sep 2005)

  57. My son is having low blood sugars one hour after dinner. We know his NovoLog lasts up to two hours, but how do we know when the food has digested? Why does this happen more with some foods, but not all foods? (14 Sep 2005)

  58. My mother's arteries are blocked, so she has been given nitro and blood thinners. Is there another viable option? Could she really have type 1 diabetes? She was diagnosed at 19 and takes insulin. Her diabetes is not well controlled. (14 Sep 2005)

  59. My son has been in DKA several times over the past few years. I think it is related to his emotions. How can I help him? (13 Sep 2005)

  60. Within the past five days, my daughter has been urinating frequently. Her random blood sugar was 198 mg/dl [11.0 mmol/L]. Is this normal or not? I got two conflicting opinions from two different nurses. (13 Sep 2005)

  61. My daughter has type 1 and the ENT wants to remove her adenoids and tonsils. What impact will her diabetes have on her healing time? Will she have higher blood sugars after the procedure? (13 Sep 2005)

  62. What type of sugar is my mom allowed? My dad thinks anything with fructose or corn syrup is okay, but I prefer to give her Splenda or Sweet One. (13 Sep 2005)

  63. If one has good control, but high blood sugars just before an A1c test, will the test reflect those highs or overall control for three months? (13 Sep 2005)

  64. My son's blood sugar was 138 mg/dl [7.7 mmol/L] random and 95 mg/dl [5.3 mmol/L] fasting when I took him to have his fourth boil examined. Why such a difference in his blood sugar? Why does he keep having boils? (12 Sep 2005)

  65. After 11 years with diabetes, I now break out in hives when my blood sugar is high. Have you heard of this? (12 Sep 2005)

  66. Is there a connection between lupus and diabetes? My mother has type 2 with high blood sugars and an infection that won't heal. What should she do? (12 Sep 2005)

  67. In the past year, I have gained 50 pounds and started Lantus and Humalog to help curb my weight gain. Can I take more Lantus so I can cut back on Humalog to stop the weight gain? (12 Sep 2005)

  68. I had protein in my urine during a spot check, but it may have been erroneous. What is the difference between protein and microalbuminuria? (11 Sep 2005)

  69. I have had hypothyroidism for 20 years. Recently, my blood sugar was 166 mg/dl [9.2 mmol/L]. Is this level related to my hypothyroidism? What treatment do I need? (10 Sep 2005)

  70. My daughter's gymnastics coach keeps asking about my daughter's blood sugars and weight. What is my daughter's privacy right in this situation? (10 Sep 2005)

  71. I am a college student now facing a lot of medical bills. I have to pay for my supplies, then get reimbursed by my primary insurer. Previously, my secondary insurer covered my prescriptions. Is there a program to help me? (9 Sep 2005)

  72. Can a child with type 1 become insulin resistant? Are there tests for this? How is it treated? I am concerned because my seven year old is having consistent high blood sugars. (9 Sep 2005)

  73. Is it normal for your blood sugar to rapidly fall and increase when you eat? (9 Sep 2005)

  74. I was diagnosed first with type 2, then type 1. I believe it was caused by the Accutane I took about 18 months earlier. Has there been any research done on this? (8 Sep 2005)

  75. My fifth grade daughter is capable of doing her own diabetes care. Is it reasonable to ask that she no longer needs supervision taking care of her diabetes? (6 Sep 2005)

  76. 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)

  77. My mother, age 58, has had type 1 for over 40 years. She takes Humalog and has frequent violent seizures. She refuses to get help. Is she using insulin to keep her weight down? (6 Sep 2005)

  78. How do we figure out the amount of insulin to be given when removing the pump for football practice and games? (6 Sep 2005)

  79. My daughter had a seizure last night. I was unable to check her blood sugar, but I gave her glucagon. Was this the right option? How can you tell if a person having a seizure is high or low? (1 Sep 2005)

  80. Back in 1998, tests ruled out diabetes, but I was advised to monitor my blood sugars at home. Later, I was diagnosed with type 1. How can this change in diagnosis occur? (1 Sep 2005)

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