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.
April 13, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Crete, Nebraska, USA:
My eight week old granddaughter has been diagnosed with this disease, and I was told that this is not common at such a early age. Is this something that will stick with her all her life or will she grow out of it?
If your granddaughter has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it is a lifelong condition.
Additional comments from Dr. Donough O’Brien:
I am not exactly sure what you mean by ‘this condition’, but assume that you are asking about neonatal diabetes. This is indeed a rare disorder, about 1:45,000 births. There are two types: in the transient form, which can sometimes be predicted by finding paternal disomy on chromosome 6 in the infant, recovery is usual by around four months, although a proportion develop diabetes again later in life. The remaining 50% develop permanent diabetes, and may, in addition, have deficiencies in the exocrine pancreas which supplies digestive enzymes. There is a good recent review of the problem in Menon PS, Khatwa UA. Diabetes mellitus in newborns and infants.Indian J Pediatr 2000 Jun;67(6):443-8.