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July 30, 2007

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Delaware, USA:

My six-year-old daughter had an elevated blood sugar in a routine blood test. She then had elevated sugar levels in a three hour glucose tolerance test. The first available appointment to see the endocrinologist is on October 3. Could these high levels mean anything else other than type one diabetes? Is there such a thing as borderline diabetic?

Answer:

A high blood sugar is worrisome as it may represent diabetes. Usually, a child with diabetes will have several other Symptoms of Diabetes. Certainly, your pediatrician can diagnose or rule out the diagnosis of diabetes and take care of you until you are able to see an endocrinologist as you have planned. Borderline diabetes can occasionally refer to older kids and teens that have the very early stages type 2 diabetes.

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