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.
October 23, 1999
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Houston, Texas, USA:
I have a 15 year old son who has had very strong breath odor for a couple of weeks. The odor reminds me of 'Super Glue' and is very strong. Yesterday an EMT friend told me that this could possibly be diabetes and that if he came upon someone who was unconscious and had that breath odor he would immediately think of diabetes. Is this a possibility? My son was adopted at birth and we have no indications from his medical history that there was a family history of diabetes.
A very quick urine test will answer the question. I also have to suggest that you consider whether your son could have been sniffing glue. Is it his clothes that smell? Has his behaviour been normal? Do you know what he’s been doing when he’s out?
Additional comments from Dr. Quick:
See the symptoms of diabetes.