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Genetics & Diabetes : What's Your Risk?

A school nurse anxiously wants to know if there is a reason why several children from her small grade school have been diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile onset) diabetes. Is it an epidemic? Will there be more cases? Is a recent chicken pox outbreak to blame? A man in his 50s develops type 2 diabetes. His mother developed diabetes in her 60s. Should this man's brother and sister be concerned, too? What about his children's chances of developing diabetes? A married couple wants to have children, but they are concerned because the husband has type 1 diabetes. They wonder what the risk is that their child would have diabetes. A couple has three young children. One of the children develops type 1 diabetes. There's no history of diabetes anywhere in either parent's families. Is this just a fluke? What are the chances the other children will develop diabetes? Chances are if you or a loved one have diabetes, you may wonder if you inherited it from a family member or you may be concerned that you will pass the disease on to your children. Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center report that, while much has been learned about what genetic factors make one more susceptible to developing diabetes th Continue reading >>

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  1. stephmonsta

    Difference between humalog and novolog?

    Is there any?

  2. pandorahsbox

    After 12 years of Humalog, I just switched to Novolog (4 weeks ago).And I hate it! The Novolog will NOT get stubborn numbers down as quickly as Humalog. What's more, Humalog does NOT drop kick me 3 hours later like Novolog does. I am far too busy to remember that I MUST eat for the anticipated 3 hour crash when the stupid Novolog never corrected my high number to begin with. I may as well go back to NPH if this continues. (Novolog will, however, work very quickly if you exercise immediately after injecting.) I've also noticed that I could feel my lows better on Humalog. Not so with Novolog, and the rebound highs are extreme. My numbers have never been this hideous in 40 years with Type 1. It's so discouraging to realize that my options are limited, but thanks to this board, I see that I'm not the only one.

  3. Type1Lou

    I, too, have been a Type 1 for 40 years as of this summer. I found that I was able to interchange both NovoLog and Humalog when my prior insurer mandated that I switch from NovoLog to Humalog or pay for it out of pocket. Although both are rapid acting insulins, their formulation is a bit different and not everyone is able to interchange them without difficulty (as you've discovered). As soon as I became eligible for Medicare, I switched back to NovoLog because I like it better (and I don't like being forced to change something that works.). BTW, I use an insulin pump and my last A1c was 6.4. If you were forced to change to NovoLog due to insurance issues, document your deteriorated control with NovoLog and send that documentation with a request to override whatever it was that made you to switch. My experience is that I've been able to successfully appeal many such insurance decisions…but it takes determination and documentation.

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