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.
May 25, 2006
Question from Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA:
An acquaintance told me her two year old with Down's Syndrome was just diagnosed with diabetes. Isn't diabetes a very rare occurrence for a child so young? She had been feeding the child a liquid food mix for sometime. Is it possible the high sugar levels were caused by the liquid food?
Diabetes and Down Syndrome are highly associated, as are diabetes and celiac disease and thyroiditis, so it is important that these also be checked periodically. But, yes, very young children with diabetes is more rare than older children. It is mostly just bad luck and not much that we really understand except for the existence of such patterns.
[Editor’s comment: It is unlikely that the liquid food caused the diabetes. The specific causes of diabetes are unknown. For more information, you might be interested in reading our previous questions on Research: Causes and Prevention; Type 1 Diabetes: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatments; and What causes diabetes?