Very little is known concerning insulin requirements in diabetic patients who develop acute renal failure, although decrease in daily insulin requirement in patients with chronic renal failure is recognized. A 46-year-old diabetic patient is described, whose daily insulin requirement decreased from 56 to 8 units per day during an episode of acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis causing acute reversible renal failure. The insulin requirement returned to its previous level after the patient recovered.
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