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February 5, 2007

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Temecula, California, USA:

During my seven-year-old's annual check-up, the doctor did a urine test and found high levels of ketones and glucose. Blood work was done non-fasting. Her blood glucose was 135 mg/dl [7.5 mmol/L], insulin was 26 and C-Peptide was 4.0. An ultrasound of her pancreas is scheduled for February 16. We are waiting for our insurance company to approve a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist. She has been taking Singulair since she was two. Might the medication create symptoms that would be similar to diabetes, such as pancreas problems?

Answer:

There is no data to support this class of drugs as having any effect on the pancreas.

LD