From Virginia, USA:
I've had diabetes since the age of eight and a half. I will be 15 in two months and I'm not growing at all. I'm 4 feet, 11 inches and weigh 107 pounds. I do have a high A1c, but it wasn't that way until I started going through puberty. I check my blood sugar regularly and it's still in the 250s to 350s mg/dl [13.9 to 19.4 mmol/L]. Is this affecting my height?
You did not say your A1c level, but I assume that it is pretty high with those blood sugar levels. Diabetes, when it is this out of control, certainly can interfere with growth and also delay puberty, but there are lots of other things that need to be checked. You should get a consultation with your diabetes team and discuss honestly what you are worried about and then listen to their advice. Thyroid and celiac disease are just two of many problems more common in those with type 1 diabetes that also can impact growth and puberty. Why not take better care of yourself and test more, eat properly, take your insulin correctly and go to see them with detailed log books or other records so that they really can help you?
|Return to the Top of This Page|
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:20
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.