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.
September 19, 2001
Question from Circleville, Ohio, USA:
My six year old son, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about eighteen months ago, was on two shots a day until two months ago when he was switched to three (morning, supper, and bedtime). This was "supposed" to help his control, but his numbers are terrible, and the doctor will not put him back on two shots. If his next hemoglobin A1c has gone up, what should we do? Find another doctor or put him back on two shots a day? The doctor we had from the beginning has moved from our area and our new doctor says that they are now starting every newly-diagnosed person with diabetes on three shots per day.
We don’t use two shots very often these days. It really isn’t physiologic at all. Since your son has type 1 diabetes, it is likely that he is now out of his honeymoon and the remnants of his pancreatic function has been lost. This means that he will need significantly more insulin than previously. You need to work with your son’s doctor to manage the diabetes.