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.
June 5, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
My 11 year old son and I have just left the doctor who is almost positive that my son has diabetes. He is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 292 pounds, his hair and skin are very dry, and he has a rash around his neck. He is scheduled for additional tests. What are some of the other symptoms that might indicate diabetes? Are the symptoms that I mentioned earlier true symptoms?
Your son is likely at risk for type 2 diabetes because of his weight and other clinical suspicion your physician has indicated. I wonder whether the rash you mention may be a condition called Acanthosis Nigricans which is a common skin finding in diabetes and usually looks like a brown velvety scale in skin creases especially the neck. I would suggest you review our information on What You Need to Know about Type 2 Diabetes in Children.