Diabetes

Question
Posted by: M | 2009-04-14

Q.

Diabetes Type 1

My little niece is 9 years old and has diabetes 1. We know this for more than 2 years now but still her sugar level flactuate. She use insulin but then the level is high and suddenly it' s low. The doctor can' t figure out why this happens because when it should be lower it' s higher and vice versa. She doesn' t have problems with stress but she does have a lot of mood swings. Are the mood swings normal? We don' t want to upset her but sometimes she gets angry and frustrated without reason, or so we think.

Is there anything we can do to keep her sugar levels at a normal level?

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert

It is difficult to give an answer with this limited information, but there can be several reasons for fluctuating glucose levels in children - the number of units of insulin that she uses may not be appropriate for what she is eating, or her activity levels may vary. The type of regimen may also not be appropriate for her lifestyle. i would recommend that she goes back to her Health Care provider and discuss this - has she been to a dietician? and have they looked at carbohydrate counting? maybe that can help her to better manage her sugar levels. If she is angry and frustrated just ensure that her sugar levels are not too low.

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