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At what age can children learn to give themselves insulin injections safely?

At what age can children learn to give themselves insulin injections safely?

Really depends: It depends on when first diagnosed, many of the 1-2 year olds are so used to the injections given by their parents, that they ask to give it a try. I highly recommend that parents take a very proactive and supportive role in their child requiring insulin. By making it a normal healthy routine, the child will not fear it, but recognize its importance to keep the child safe & away from the er. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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What are some long acting non refrigerated reasonably affordable insulins? I was just diagnosed so I'm trying to learn from the experts!

What are some long acting non refrigerated reasonably affordable insulins? I was just diagnosed so I'm trying to learn from the experts!

Insulin: Theer 2 long acting insulins available in US now, Lantus and levemir (insulin detemir). Both can be left out after you open them for approximately 2 wks or little longer. Prices you might want to shop around. ...Read more

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Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?

Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?

Maybe but it depends: While your suggestion is not currently part of ada guidelines & recommendations, if it will help you see result of your food choices & help you make better choices, then i think it's reasonable. In truth, your nutritionist can help you develop healthy eating habits w/o using a glucometer. For instance, check out the mediterranean diet. Don't forget to exercise regularly to reduce Insulin resistanc. ...Read more

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Having diabetes, age 73, should my nurse continue to give me insulin injections when my sugars are below 60?

Maybe not then: Your questions appears to lead to a logical response of no. But if you are felling well, and you normally need Insulin everyday, and you are about to consume a large meal, the answer would probably be yes. You should get some insulin, as you don't want your blood sugar level to shoot up too high either. ...Read more

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Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Injections: Certainly, but so can you, your husband, your family. I started giving my dear departed mother insulin injections daily beginning at age 8. Took some time to get used to but soon OK. FYI, in those days we checked blood sugar levels in the urine and the different colors had no effect on the dose. Not pleasant to do but turned out OK for me and Mum. ...Read more

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Who gives insulin to children in school with diabetes?

Who gives insulin to children in school with diabetes?

Nurse or child: Depending upon the age and level of responsible behavior, either the chid themselves or the school nurse should be able to administer the insulin. Discuss this with your school. ...Read more

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130 fasting b/g at the time of c-peptide test. Results of c-peptide 3.4. Male, age 55, on insulin injections. Is my pancreas working at100%?

130 fasting b/g at the time of c-peptide test. Results of c-peptide 3.4. Male, age 55, on insulin injections. Is my pancreas working at100%?

No: You still make insulin. However, in patients with type 2 diabetes, the amount of insulin/c-peptide made is insufficient for actual requirements. This is the reason for the high fasting blood sugar and represents pancreatic islet failure. As long as blood sugar is high, it doesn't matter how much c-peptide/insulin one makes as it still isn't enough to compensate for actual needs. ...Read more

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What happens if I accidently hit a vein while giving myself my insulin injection for diabetes?

What happens if I accidently hit a vein while giving myself my insulin injection for diabetes?

No big deal: This is actually not uncommon and it could happen to anyone. The simple answer is nothing major will happen to you if you do this. You most likely will have a small bruise. The Insulin also could "peak" quicker than before so it might be prudent to check your blood sugar more on the day that this happen. We give Insulin through the iv's quite frequently to treat hyperglycemia in the hospital. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to give empirin (aspirin) if I just had an insulin injection?

Is it safe for me to give empirin (aspirin) if I just had an insulin injection?

Absolutely yes!: Hi. Yes, totally safe to take Empirin (aspirin) with insulin. The two drugs have completely unrelated side effects, which are uninfluenced by one another. ...Read more