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.
May 29, 2000
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from El Paso, Texas, USA:
I just got a referral form from my son's school nurse saying that I should have my son looked at because she found a light brown-black area around the neck. Now, I washed it real good and a lot of it went away, but there is still some left she says there's a potential risk for Type 2 diabetes. My son is 8 years old he is big for his age he weighs 98 pounds and is 5 feet tall. Everyone on my side of the family is stocky with big bones and my grandmother had diabetes. I have been borderline diabetes, but I don't see any of the characteristics in my son should I still get him examined by a doctor? He is not thirsty nor does he urinate a lot, but, he is bigger than most children his age.
Your school nurse is worried about a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans which can be related to Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes. This type of diabetes can also occur in children. You might do a search for “acanthosis nigricans” on this website and you’ll find a wealth of information about this disorder and many previously answered questions.
Additional comments from Stephanie Schwartz, diabetes nurse specialist:
Given the family history that you describe and the questionable markings on your child’s neck, he is a high risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes. I would have him checked out by a pediatric endocrinologist. More information about the latest recommendations regarding Type 2 diabetes in children can be found on this website.
By the way, the term “borderline diabetes” is no longer used as diagnostic criteria have changed. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you have yourself evaluated by an endocrinologist as well.