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 22, 2003
Question from Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada:
My grandchild is a toddler with type 1 diabetes. I hear vague reports of organ breakdowns, vision loss, blood circulation problems, etc., and I would like to obtain something in writing confirming whether or not there major health problems when a child is older if not carefully monitored. Where would I find information about the long term health effects if the proper diet is not maintained and sugar levels are not monitored properly when a child has diabetes ?
In short, I think that your grandchild should be receiving the best metabolic control as early as possible. To this specific aim, a pediatric team experienced in the care of children with diabetes is the best option and the very first suggestion I can give to you. Don’t delay good metabolic control too long.
To get information regarding complications of diabetes and their relationship to the level of metabolic control, I think that you can first read a lot at our website. All the information there will better explain thing to you than just few lines dropped in this mail.
[Editor’s comment: See information from the DCCT for information about decreasing the risk of complications by maintaining tight glucose control.