Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Mariaan Reid | 2012/08/14

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Diabetes tipe 1

My daughter is 16 and was diagnosed with Diabetes Tipe 1 a year ago. Why is it that a cold or flue influence her sugar levels so much? She still eats the same and also takes the same dosages of her Insulen?

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Diabetes expert

Dear Mariaan Reid
Glucose in the blood comes from 2 sources. The first is what one eats and the second is from the liver. In diabetes the liver makes too much glucose and it is insulin that helps control it. When it comes to infections , then there are stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that tell the liver to make even more glucose, which is why the levels go up even if a patient is not eating more.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/08/17

Dear Mariaan Reid
Glucose in the blood comes from 2 sources. The first is what one eats and the second is from the liver. In diabetes the liver makes too much glucose and it is insulin that helps control it. When it comes to infections , then there are stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that tell the liver to make even more glucose, which is why the levels go up even if a patient is not eating more.

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