Posted: June 26th, 2017

Tara is an 11-year-old girl diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM). She asks her attending nurse why she can’t take a pill rather than shots like her grandmother does. Which of the following would be the nurse’s best reply?

 

A. “If your blood glucose levels are controlled, you can switch to using pills.”
B. “The pills correct fat and protein metabolism, not carbohydrate metabolism.”
C. “Your body does not make insulin, so the insulin injections help to replace it.”
D. “The pills work on the adult pancreas, you can switch when you are 18.”

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