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.
March 17, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Columbus, Ohio, USA:
My 11 old daughter developed brown colored skin under both armpits which the dermatologist said is associated with people who have diabetes, but she has no symptoms of diabetes. However, three or four times, she was pale when she woke up, and was sweaty and hungry. Does this sound like a sign of diabetes? How do we test for it?
It sounds like this is Acanthosis Nigricans and she may be at risk for developing diabetes because of insulin resistance. Is there a family history of diabetes? Are other family members overweight? Does she have any problems with cholesterol, hypertension, etc.?
I would ask your daughter’s pediatrician for a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist who can determine if there is a problem.
[Editor’s comment: See What You Need to Know about Type 2 Diabetes in Children.