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Quick Tips for Type 1 Diabetes

Installment #5

What follows is a quick and dirty list of my top of mind quick tips.

  1. Research has proven that it’s best to review your own blood sugar records every 4 to 7 days for abnormal patterns. Less frequent reviews are significantly less effective overall.

  2. Toddlers are usually extremely sensitive to small amounts of insulin.

  3. The dose of glucagon by injection for children under 4 years old is 0.5 mg.

  4. Nausea and vomiting are possible side effects of glucagon use.

  5. After injection, it takes about 20 minutes for glucagon to raise blood sugar.

  6. Limited joint mobility is a risk factor for future development of diabetes complications.

  7. Insulin requirements are lowest between 2 and 4 AM, during sleep.

  8. In diabetics using insulin, 40% of low blood sugars tend to occur during sleep.

  9. The most common cause for a low blood sugar is a skipped or delayed meal or snack.

  10. The average age of onset of type 1 diabetes is 12 years of age.

After reading through the list, how did your knowledge compare? As always if you any questions or have a quick tip that you would like to share please let me know in the comments section.

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