From a practical nurse in Mt. Hermon, Louisiana, USA:
My daughter is having hyperglycemia, was started on insulin by phone, and I feel like I am hanging out there on a weak limb.The first time she had this problem she was on prednisone for her asthma. The second time she had been sick and in the hospital but not on steroids. Now I don't know why it's up. She had the classic symptoms of thirst and frequent urination. Since she was negative for antibodies for type 1 diabetes two months ago, they think it may be stress-induced.
My daughter has had a lot of other major health problems in her short life. Do you think this has contributed to this problem? Would this be considered to have type 2 diabetes? Do you think it will go away again? Could she possibly go on oral hypoglycemic agents in the future if she continues to have problems? Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.
I think that there are some points that you need to discuss with your daughter's doctor. The first concerns the antibody test. If this was really negative for all three of the usually assayed antibodies, then she does not have typeá1A (autoimmune) diabetes, but might have typeá1B diabetes with a good prospect that it can at some stage be managed without insulin. She might also have one of the many forms of insulin resistant diabetes which includes typeá2, an increasing problem in childhood. A serum C-peptide test would be useful to distinguish the latter.
At the end of the day however, what really matters is not the precise diagnosis; but being able to control blood sugars and hemoglobin A1c levels by the simplest means.
Original posting 4 Mar 2003
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:42
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.