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.
February 1, 2002
Question from Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA:
My 47 year old brother, who has had type�1 diabetes since the age of 14, has been on dialysis three times a week for the past five years. He suffered two strokes by age 40, congestive heart failure at age 44, gastrointestinal problems, and has just been diagnosed with an enlarged liver, thickening of the esophagus, and as a "spur or sticker" on his lung. Would you please send any information concerning treatment, prognosis, or any available information you may find useful in helping me to care for him.
Your brother sounds like he has been a sick guy. It sounds like he has multiple complications from diabetes. These include the kidney, eye, and nerves. He also has cardiovascular disease which is much more frequent in patients with kidney failure and diabetes.
There is not one prediction for his prognosis. One of the things that may improve his prognosis may be a transplant, either a kidney/pancreas transplant or a kidney alone transplant. He needs to talk with his physicians about such treatments.