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.
May 7, 2009
Question from Los Angeles, California, USA:
My son is on a pump with Humalog. He got diabetes three years ago at the age of 11. His control has always been great. His A1c has always been between 6.2 and 7.2 every month. He has been very healthy. He is a tremendous athlete and everyone who sees him says his body is the picture of health. He has always been tall and has been growing great, but he stopped growing at the age of 13 and hasn't grown in a year. He is gaining muscle weight and has become very strong with big muscles. He started puberty at 12 years old and is getting some facial hair now. He has always been tall, 95th percentile his whole life. Both of his parents are tall. I'm curious why he stopped growing. Do kids stop growing at the age of 13? Did he stop growing because of diabetes? Does insulin stop the growth hormone? He eats a lot and always eats right before bedtime. Can bolusing right before bed stop the growth hormone? Are there tests we can do?
Well controlled diabetes should have no significant effect on growth. If you suspect a growth disorder, you should review your concerns in detail with your pediatrician. Bolusing before bedtime should have no effect on growth hormone. Congratulate your son on maintaining excellent control of his diabetes — excellent job!