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 18, 2002
Question from Canberra, Australia:
My 13 year old son was diagnosed five years ago and has never had a hypo. Do you come across this often?
It is highly unusual for a child who has had type 1 diabetes and been on insulin for five years to never have experienced hypoglycemia at some point. If by, “episode”, you mean a seizure, I would not find that uncommon. However, if your son has never had a low, my gut feeling is that he has had inadequate control.
Good control is defined as a hemoglobin A1c less than 1% above the upper limit of normal for the lab running the test. So if the upper was 7%, good control would be anything less than 8%. Typically people in good control will occasionally experience a low.