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 17, 2006
Question from Dahlonega, Georgia, USA:
My 14 year old daughter recently complained of a "swimming head" so I checked her blood sugar. I have a meter since I have been type 1 for 15 years. Over the course of three to four days, her blood sugar reached as high as 280 mg/dl [15.6 mmol/L] after drinking soda or a large meal. Her fasting blood sugars were 120 to 130 mg/dl [6.7 to 7.2 mmol/L]. Her insulin level test was normal but her C-Peptide reading was "a little high" according to my doctor. Her readings have returned to normal. Her doctor prescribed a five pound weight loss, diet and exercise. Because her maternal grandmother died from diabetes and heart disease, and I have type 1, should I consult a specialist? We only saw a general practitioner.
I tend to use a two hour “postprandial” blood sugar in addition to the fasting blood sugar, especially in overweight teens who may be at risk for type 2 diabetes. This test is done at any laboratory and is called a two hour oral glucose tolerance test (GTT). I wonder if your daughter would benefit from further testing. Your general practitioner should have the expertise to order and interpret this test or you may wish to visit with a board certified pediatrician.