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.
September 3, 2002
Question from Atlanta. Georgia, USA:
My 33 year old girlfriend has had diabetes for nearly 26 years and is still fighting this disease. She is under a doctor's care, but her sugars now are extremely bad. She follows all of her doctor's instructions but to no avail since her sugars get really low (20-32 mg/dl [1.1-1.7mmol/L]). When this happens, she blacks out, and the EMTs are called. Are there any new cures or medications out there for her? I'm writing to you because I love dearly, and I want to help her in anyway that I can.
First, I would recommend she see an endocrinologist as her diabetes-care provider. These frequent low sugars have to be stopped. She needs frequent and close follow-up with her diabetes care team.
With these kind of serious complications from diabetes, aggressive therapy with frequent injections designed to avoid large doses of long-acting insulin is appropriate. If this does not work, I would recommend discussions regarding the use of an insulin pump since it has been successful in preventing frequent severe hypoglycemia in this situation. Lastly, patients who have life-threatening hypoglycemia that does not respond to intensive intervention with the above mentioned strategies may be candidates for a pancreas or islet cell transplant.