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.
April 17, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Centurion, South Africa:
From what age can you identify diabetes in children? If I suspect my three year old has diabetes, are the tests 100% reliable?
Blood sugar levels can identify clinical diabetes at any age.
You don’t say whether there is a positive history for diabetes in your family. That’s very important because the issue of the magnitude of risk of a child with family history positive for type 1 diabetes (genetic component of the risk) hasn’t been fully clarified yet. In your son’s case, we might say it’s not higher than 6%. In order to detect the possibility for future diabetes, the doctors could check him for autoantibodies If this latter test would turn out to be positive, the doctor may want to add an IVGTT in order to increase reliability of the test.
The tests never reach 100% of what we call the Positive Predictive Value.