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.
July 22, 2004
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Texas, USA:
My daughter has had severe headaches, extreme fatigue, and thirst at night. She went to the doctor, who performed several tests, such as a CAT scan, MRI, etc. He ruled out brain tumor, etc. She did have a red flag on her blood work, which had a reading of 50 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L]. The doctor asked me to bring her back in and she had a fasting reading of 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L]. We have a family history of diabetes. Since her tests were inconclusive, they have me monitoring her blood sugar and have her on a special diet. She has highs about three times a week meaning 280 mg/dl [15.6 mmol/L], 196 mg/dl [10.9 mmol/L], 225 mg/dl [12.5 mmol/L], and 303 mg/dl [16.8 mmol/L]. This is usually about two hours after eating. She has some lows, but they are few and far between now that we are on a strict diet. Is it true that a child without diabetes shouldn't ever get a reading above 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L]? We test finger prick with a One Touch machine. The machine has been tested and coded properly. Do I need to take her to a pediatric endocrinologist? Do you think she needs more tests? Since we have her on a diet her headaches have decreased, too.
Blood sugar readings as those you have found in your daughter are not normal at all. I suggest she undergo more tests, such as an oral glucose tolerance test, and check anti-insulin antibodies, islet-cell antibodies, anti-GAD antibodies. The best thing to do is find a pediatric endocrinologist or diabetologist and ask him to check your daughter to verify if it is diabetes or not.