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.
September 17, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Perth, Western Australia:
I am 12 years old, and I don't have diabetes, but I've checked my blood sugar on my sister's meter, and it has been as high as 9-15 mmol/L [162-270 mg/dl]. Is that bad? Should I get checked by a doctor since I've heard that my blood sugar should be around 4-6 mmol/L [72-108 mg/dl]?
Those sugars are clearly elevated. I would suggest discussing them with your physician as soon as possible. Please see Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes Guidelines for more information about the diagnosis of diabetes.
[Editor’s comment: Two or more elevated blood glucose values (measured on a laboratory machine, not a home meter) are sufficient to make a diagnosis of diabetes. Based on what you say, I agree with Dr. Brown that you should see a medical professional as soon as possible. This means in days, not weeks or months.
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