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Quick Tips for Type 1 Diabetes

Installment #8

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

  1. Basal rates are best changed at least 2 hours before desired effect.

  2. An extended insulin pump bolus for pizza may require up to 8 hours.

  3. When you see a pattern of both high and low blood sugars, fix the lows first.

  4. Fasting blood sugar patterns are the last to change when coming out of the honeymoon.

  5. Some insulin pumpers need a more aggressive insulin to carb ratio in the mornings.

  6. Anti-GAD65 antibodies, IA-2 antibodies and insulin autoantibodies are often found in persons with type 1 diabetes.

  7. Celiac disease (intolerance to gluten) can occur in 3 to 8 percent of persons with type 1 diabetes.

  8. Hypothyroidism can occur in up to 17% of persons with type 1 diabetes.

  9. All insulin pump wearers should have an off-pump insulin schedule prepared.

  10. In non-diabetics, the bodies first defense against low blood sugar is to stop releasing insulin.

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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