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[Optimalisation of basal insulin regimen for adolescent patients with type 1 diabetes]

BLATNICZKY László

JANUARY 20, 2012

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2012;22(01)

[INTRODUCTION - During the total phase of type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus (T1DM), both the quantity and the quality of daily insulin doses must be determined to help the daily blood-glucose profile approach normoglycaemia, derived from the patient’s diet and regimen. Adolescence for young people with T1DM is a rather stressful - often shocking - psychosomatic state, due not only to the increased - but erratic - secretion of contrainsular hormones (predominantly growth hormone), but also to the special mental state of the child. Accordingly, choosing the right kind and amount of basal insulin to compensate the contrainsular effect is crucial for optimal treatment during this stage of life as well. CASE REPORT - We describe the process of optimising metabolic balance and basal insulin demand in a 11-year-old, adolescent girl with T1DM for 7.5 years using glargine insulin. In order to achieve this goal, both the dosage of glargine and the daily schedule of its administration needed to be modified. CONCLUSIONS - To achieve optimal metabolic results, both the quantity and the efficacy curve of basal insulin must and can be adapted to the actual stage of general somatic development. The demand for basal insulin during puberty may be well beyond the widely approved limit of 50%. Adapting the administration of glargine insulin to a daily schedule has the potential to counterbalance increasing contrainsular effects.]

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