From Johannesburg, South Africa:
My niece is 25 months old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes several months ago. We recently discovered that she also has asthma, which is really heartbreaking. Any further advice or information you could offer about what happens when children have both disorders would be greatly appreciated.
Diabetes and asthma can coexist quite nicely. Most of the time children with asthma can either be treated with inhaled drugs, either beta agonists, of which albuterol, is the US standard, or inhaled steroids. The inhaled steroids do not seem to have effects, or if so, minimal, on the diabetes. During crises, when oral steroids in large doses are used, then the diabetes is affected. Glucose can be high!
Most of the time, manage the diabetes as usual. During times when oral steroids are used, careful followup with the endocrinologist seems indicated, especially in this young a child.
Original posting 4 Sep 1998
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