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Hi all. I am new to this site. I have been diabetic for more years than I care to admit. Never ask a lady her age or how long she has had diabetes if she is an oldie. Lol.

I am using Novorapid and Lantus to "control" the beast but it still surprises me sometimes and I still find myself with questions at times.

I hope to get to know you all as I continue to learn even after all these years. :)

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Hi Twitch_1,

Welcome to the group. Please feel free to do more postings and/or comments, asking questions, take the polls on the Polls section and of course, meet the rest of the group members.

Are you type 1 or 2?

Novorapid and Lantus, probably 1.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to nbreight

Some type 2 diabetics take insulin, too.

What sort of "surprises" do you have?

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to nbreight

Surprises?

«I am using Novorapid and Lantus to "control" the beast but it still SURPRISES me sometimes and I still find myself with questions at times.»

i used Novorapid / actrapid and Insulatar before getting changed to Humalog and Lantus. Type 2s usually don't have basal / bolus, do they?

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to nbreight

Depends on how severe the type 2 person may be.

I am LADA or T1.5.

The surprises are things like a day cropping up when I keep getting low for no apparent reason. I will eat and eat, test and test and just cannot keep my numbers up. Really exhausting. Or another example would be getting a few days in a row of DP and then going back to normal again.

I'm sure we all get little things like this but they still surprise me every time. :)

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Twitch_1

I know about the dropping and needing to eat a lot every so often. Somedays, the numbers can go very low without any reason. I'm considered a brittle diabetic. This is one reason for the use of the DEXCOM system for myself. The CGM helps to let me know if I am dropping too fast. I don't feel the lows.

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HOBIEONE in reply to Twitch_1

Hi Twitch. Stress always makes me go low. If my head is doing over time I go down hill. I am self-employed & a business owed me more than £10,000, talk about stress ?

Hi Twitch,

thanks for clarifying this. Guess both Activity and me were right.

Just to make sure, by DP do you mean dawn phenomenon? (Dawn phenomenon, sometimes called the dawn effect, is an early-morning (usually between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.) increase in blood sugar (glucose) relevant to people with diabetes. It is different from Chronic Somogyi rebound in that dawn phenomenon is not associated with nocturnal hypoglycemia.)

Did you already have a look at Diabetes.co.uk's page about Dawn Phenomenon ( diabetes.co.uk/blood-glucos... ) or any comparable?

The page is a little perplexing because it seems to consider DP a permanent phenomenon which is not your case, so i guess the general advice are too drastic. Maybe the list of possible causes may bring up some useful insight?

«Dawn effect occurs when hormones (including cortisol, glucagon, epinephrine) are released by the body, causing the liver to release glucose. [...] Researchers think that the release of the above-mentioned hormones may give rise to a brief period of insulin resistance which would also explain a rise in blood glucose levels.»

Short of going to a hospital for several days to have your metabolism scrutinized there isn't much one can do. And your health insurances is unlikely to go along with that, of course....

About the days were your glucose doesn't want to get out of the dumps, are there any (prior) changes to your life? Increased activity, even house holding, stress?

Another "bunch" of hormones that may cause havoc...

«In early morning time, many hormones like growth hormone, cortisol are secreted more. This is natural phenomenon. Those hormones cause increase in blood sugar early in the morning»

Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone....

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