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.
November 15, 2000
Hyperglycemia and DKA, Thyroid
Question from Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA:
My son, diagnosed with type�1 diabetes last year, was hospitalized a month and a half ago with DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] At that time, we were told he is insulin resistant and now has tested positive for hyperthyroidism. We are currently awaiting blood test results. Are these problems common in children? I feel like he is going downhill already and fear a lot for his future.
It sounds as though you are going through an unfortunate experience with your child. He may be having falling amounts of his own insulin which means that you need to rely more on injected insulin, and also keep more of a check on his blood glucose. Thyroid disease is the result of an autoimmune process like diabetes, and the two together are relatively more common. the development of an overactive thyroid may also have precipitated the DKA. It is worth while talking this over with your doctor to see if they have any idea why your son went into DKA.
Hopefully things will settle now, especially once the thyroid problem is under control.