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Create Safe Environment for Your Patients to Tell You the Truth

A teenage type 1 on an insulin pump was seen in our office for follow up. The download on her pump revealed some interesting numbers. First off, her glucose levels were out of target range and secondly her I:CHO ratio and her insulin sensitivity looked more like the numbers of a type 2 diabetic vs a type 1. Her I:CHO was 1:16 and her insulin sensitivity was 1:30. In my experience, I'm used to seeing a lower I:CHO and a higher insulin sensitivity in type 1 vs type 2.

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Our diabetes disaster looks at the idea that patients often don’t use the information they have to regulate their blood sugars, and a lot of times this is because the right information only makes things worse. Usually this has to do with insulin dosing, and for many patients it can have …

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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #10: Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Part 4 of 5

Twin and family studies indicate that genetic factors alone cannot explain the etiology of T1DM. Seasonality, increasing incidence and epidemics of T1DM as well as numerous ecological, cross-sectional and retrospective studies suggest a critical role of environmental factors, such as infections with certain viruses (especially enteric infections in early life) and effects of early childhood diet. Natural history studies that follow children at increased risk of T1DM provide the best opportunity to study environmental triggers.

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