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.
August 24, 1999
Question from Rhode Island, USA:
My 4 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 eight months ago. We are constantly making adjustments to his insulin regimen. His daily blood glucose can easily swing from 40 to the 500's. What are the effects of these swings on him and what can be done to help reduce them?
Although it seems clear that the better you can control the blood sugar, the less the risk of long term complications of eyes, kidneys, and nerves, no one really knows how good the control needs to be to protect you against these complications. There is some data to suggest that prior to puberty, the risk of high blood sugars may be less than after puberty.
What is clear is that some children are harder to control than others and may have wide swings in blood sugars. Frequent, serious low blood sugars should be avoided at this age. Only close collaboration with your child’s team can help you decide which is the best approach to control for your child. Sometimes you have to try several different insulin regimens before deciding which is the best.