Posted by: Phela | 2012-09-25


How to stabilise sugar levels?

My mother is 72 years old and has been diabetic for about 20 years. she is now on protaphane (Insulin). She tests twice a day (AM and PM). usually her sugar levels are normal in the mornings and in the evenings are always way above 10 and therefore she has to inject herself. Is there a way to stabilise the sugar levels throughout the day?

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Diabetes expert

Dear Phela

At the age of 72 your mother is not for tight glucose control as this would cause more problems than good. The aim would be to keep her HbA1C between 7.5 to 8.5% which would mean her fasting glucose levels should be about 7 and after meal readings of less than about12. If her levels are in this range, then she doesn't require more treatment , but if they are higher then the next option would be to look at short acting insulin before her meals or to look at a mixed insulin, which contains short and long acting insulin, and is injected before breakfast and supper.

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Posted by: Tennyson | 2012-10-18

I am a Type-2 Diabetic and of late my glucose levels are 8 and 11. Is it okay for my Doctor to double dosage an what effect effect will this have on me.

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