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October 16, 2001

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Greenbelt, Maryland, USA:

My five year old daughter is overweight and continues to gain weight even though she exercises. We took her to doctor to get blood drawn, but they were unsuccessful, so we have decided to use my wife's (who has type�1 diabetes) meter to check sugar levels. I have been told by another parent that if my daughter's sugar level is 125 mg/dl [6.9 mmol/L] or above, she has a diabetes. Is this true? Is there a chance my daughter has diabetes? What can we do as parents?

Answer:

See Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes Guidelines. In addition, obese children are at risk for developing type�2 diabetes, especially if there is a family history of diabetes. See What You Need to Know about Type 2 Diabetes in Children.

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