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 30, 2001
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA:
My 14 month old nephew was diagnosed with diabetes, and the autopsy report read there was nothing that could be done because he was so young. Is this a fact?
We take care of many very young children diagnosed with diabetes. I assume from your letter that he was diagnosed with diabetes and died. This sometimes happens with new onset diabetes when the diagnosis is not thought about or symptoms start very abruptly — or if there is any delay in starting treatment — especially if DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] and dehydration have occurred. It is sad when this happens, but often has to do with access to medical care, sophistication of parents in recognizing unusual symptoms and getting to the health care team who can not only recognize but also start correct treatment.