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At what age should a child start to take over their own insulin shots?

At what age should a child start to take over their own insulin shots?

Maturity: We try to introduce the child to giving his own shots around 8 years-old, though it really depends on maturity level. No matter when a child takes over giving himself insulin, parental supervision is always necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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What happens if a person with diabethes takes the insulin shot and does not eat after?

What happens if a person with diabethes takes the insulin shot and does not eat after?

Hi risk of low sugar: Depending on the type of Insulin taken, and the starting glucose level, your sugar could drop low anywhere from 10 minutes after the injection to 6-10 hours later. ...Read more

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Help! my husband does not think he needs to take his diabetic medicine if he is now taking insulin shots. Is this right?

Help! my husband does not think he needs to take his diabetic medicine if he is now taking insulin shots. Is this right?

Depends: He needs to follow the doctors orders, and if unsure he should ask the doctor to clarify sometimes it is necessary to take both. ...Read more

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What can happen to someone with diabetes that takes insulin shots and never checks their blood sugar?

What can happen to someone with diabetes that takes insulin shots and never checks their blood sugar?

Complications: The risks of not checking: life-threateningly high/low blood sugar, progression of kidney failure until dialysis needed, progression of diabetic retinal disease (retinopathy) until blindness occurs, painful diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy). The benefits of not checking: fingers a bit less sore, i suppose, at least until neuropathy sets in. A shame to invite tragedy when it is so preventable. ...Read more

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Why do some diabetics take insulin shots and others take oral pills to take care of their diabetes?

Everyone is differen: Because everyone is different. Diabetes is a complicated disease with problem being both Insulin resistance and Insulin deficiency. Some patient have milder forms which can be controlled with pills whereas others are very resistant to Insulin or have absolute deficiency which requires Insulin to control. ...Read more

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Does it matter what part of your body you take insulin shot stomach, arm, or leg?

Does it matter what part of your body you take insulin shot stomach, arm, or leg?

Yes: You should be consistent because different parts of the body have different fat and muscle makeups so they'll absorb the Insulin at different rates. ...Read more

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My 12 year old daughter is diagnosed with type1 diabetes. She takes regular insulin shots 20 + 25 unit daily. However hr sugar level is getting normal?

My 12 year old daughter is diagnosed with type1 diabetes. She takes regular insulin shots 20 + 25 unit daily. However hr sugar level is getting normal?

DM1: The insulin is trying to improve her blood sugars so getting normal is good. If you loose control ask your doctor to check the type of insulin or dose. In a few Type I DM the blood sugar will become normal on its own temporarily in the early stages but will return to abnormal. ...Read more