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.
July 17, 1999
Question from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England:
My 15 year old daughter was diagnosed when she was 6. For at least the past two years she has had proteinuria. She has low blood pressure and I am told her eyes are fine. My endocrinologist says some teenagers have protein in their urine and it is not diabetes related. Should I be worried? Could this the first sign of kidney involvement?
Persistent proteinuria (either microalbumin or macroalbuminuria) in a adolescent with long-standing type 1 diabetes should always be treated, with a low protein diet as well as low dose ACE-inhibitors [medications that reduce the urinary loss of protein], even if blood pressure and eye examination are normal, if other causes of protein in the urine have been excluded (a nephrologist [kidney specialist] can be of great help here).