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.
October 26, 1999
Question from Portsmouth, England:
My five year old son has Downs syndrome and has also had diabetes since the age of eight months old. There is no history of diabetes in the family. Do you think that the Downs has something to do with him getting diabetes? I am also trying to find out more information about people that have Downs syndrome and diabetes together, as it dosn't seem to be that common. Also, when my son was found to have diabetes, his blood sugar reading was 150 mmol/l (2,700 mg/dl); is this a record?
Autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease and diabetes are commoner in Downs although your son developed diabetes unusually early. Also — not very scientific, I know — but the two or three patients with Downs that I’ve seen also had very high sugars at diagnosis. Nonetheless, 150 mmol/l is pretty high.