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.
April 17, 2000
Question from Livonia, Michigan, USA:
My 10 year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes for 6 years and just been diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease. Is there any research done that shows that she will be more likely to come down with other complications as well?
It is now well understood that childhood type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune illness and thus it is relatively often associated with other organ-specific autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroid diseases (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease), duodenal mucosa atrophy secondary to gluten sensitivity (celiac disease), multiple sclerosis and others. The most common one is thyroid disease (one in ten diabetic children will eventually develop it) and celiac disease (one in fifty) whilst this risk is much lower for other disorders.