Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 14, 2000
Weight and Weight Loss
Question from Hoboken, New Jersey, USA:
Ever since my son first developed diabetes three months ago, he has not gained any weight, but he hasn't lost any weight either. He's on very little insulin, just 5 units of NPH in the morning and nothing at night. He maintains a pretty good sugar level (80 to 145 mg/dl [4.4 to 8.1 mmol/L]) because of his sports participation. How can I get him to gain weight without having to give him more insulin?
Weight gain and loss (especially when it is purposeful) in a child with diabetes should be done in consultation with a dietitian. There are ways to supplement calories in a child with diabetes without significantly affecting their diabetes control. Please consult your diabetes team for a personalized approach that considers your child’s age, weight, body surface area, and nutritional needs.