Q&A with the Consultant
List of questions
The insulin is pumped in continuously and extra doses are given around meal times. It is like an intensive version of the basal bolus insulin regimen that all the Windfal graduates were on before doing the course. It needs a very good knowledge of how to adjust your insulin according to your carbohydrate intake and a very strong commitment to blood glucose monitoring to succeed.
There is no evidence that stress or depression can bring on diabetes. For example, diabetes does not occur more in the survivors of major disasters, such as an atomic bomb. But both stress and depression can destabilise your blood glucose control.
This can be for various reasons. If stressed or depressed, you might not look after yourself so well. So you might not be so careful with checking your blood glucose or getting your insulin doses right. You might eat or drink differently to usual. Also, during stressful times, the body produces "stress hormones". These have the opposite effect to insulin in the body - they increase the blood sugar. So during stressful times, you may find that you need to take a little more insulin.
Now go back to 'Q & A with the consultant' or another page or why not try the 'Quiz'.
Does mood affect my diabetes and does diabetes affect my mood?
What is the long-term effect of having "too many" hypos?
Is there any evidence that sweetners are harmful long-term?
Is there really any difference in the absorption rate of insulin in the different parts of the body and is it significant?
What are stem cell transplants and could I have one?
Is there something about pregnancy itself that helps regulate blood sugar levels or is it the intensive effort put in by the woman and her diabetes nurse?
How is my healing / bruising affected by diabetes?
Are there any medications that I should avoid or be careful with?
What exactly do cholesterol and triglycerides do?
By what mechanism do stress hormones raise blood glucose?
What new developments are there in treatments / cures?
Does diabetes affect the teeth and gums?
Is there a correlation between diabetes and energy levels?
What am I burning during exercise?
Why does my body feel different now that I have diabetes?
Why does flying destabilise my blood glucose levels?
Stem cells / transplants - what's the latest?
Do big fluctuations in blood glucose matter if the HbA1c is OK?
How much insulin do non-diabetic people make?
What about the new "artificial pancres" in the news recently?
What new developments are there in treatment?
Can you screen for / prevent type 1 diabetes?
How does menopause affect diabetes?
Do hypos cause memory loss?
Can you develop insulin resistance with type 1 diabetes?
What happens in exercise?