I've tried using Symlin several times, but I've never managed to get my insulin dosing to work with it.
While using it I experienced some terrible lows. Eating dextrose to fix the lows doesn't seem to help because the Symlin is slowing down the absorption of food from my stomach.
I figured out an approach that's messy but really seems to fix Symlin lows . It works because your body can absorb some sugars through the tissues in your mouth.
Take a fast acting dextrose product (Dex 4 tablets or smarties are ideal). Chew this up in your mouth until it's a liquid goop and then don't swallow it. This allows your body to absorb some of the sugars now in your mouth.
It's messy and really hard not to swallow. I've found that it I bow my head forward that allows me to hold the mixture for longer.
Several of my T1 friends have used this approach with great success.View Thread
I'm so sorry to hear this. How old is he? I think this diagnosis is harder on parents than on the child.
I was diagnosed at 15 and I'm still going strong without any significant complications. So don't let the various horror stories scare you. People always tell about "my grandpa who .... because of diabetes". Remember most of these stories are about people with type 2 diabetes and diabetes is a lot easier to control and manage these days.
Check out the website Children with Diabetes , it's got a lot of excellent resources and information. And keep asking questions, generally folks with type 1 and parents of kids with type 1 are really helpful.
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