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.
August 30, 1999
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
I have a five year old son who has experienced several of the noted symptoms of DKA. Over the last two years he is always having headaches, recently over the last three weeks he has started vomiting from time to time. He has had two separate occasions where his foot is tingling and he sometimes at least twice a week falls asleep at around 5:00 and sleeps through the night. He lost 3-4 pounds in two weeks and the doctor has accredited it to his allergies. However, his paternal grandfather is a diabetic (three shots a day) and I have hypoglycemia. I am concerned this is the beginning stages of DKA and asked the doctor to test him. They have said that they will do a urine test. Does this sound like it could be attributed to DKA? Would a urine test confirm the existence of DKA or should a blood test be done instead?
Your son is not in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). This is an acute illness and does not last for two years. See the other questions at this website referring to DKA.