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October 19, 1999

Complications

Question from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA:

My 9 1/2-year-old niece was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 7. She has begun having seizures at night, and her readings fluctuate from 39 to 450 or so. Her doctor averages her readings. Isn't she getting organ damage every time her blood sugar is way off?

Answer:

It is obviously a concern that your niece’s blood sugars are so erratic. However, it is unlikely that this will do her lasting harm provided it is ironed out. I am sure that her diabetes team will offer a suitable strategy.

KJR