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.
January 31, 2018
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from London, United Kingdom:
My 16-year-old daughter has had some symptoms of diabetes for over four weeks. She has thirst and frequent urination, as well as a constant headache, dizziness, and fatigue. At 5 feet, 1 inch tall, she weighs 51 kg (112 pounds), after a gradual loss of 2 kg (4 pounds) due to a reduced appetite. She had a blood test and her A1c was 42, which the doctor thought was normal. After doing some research, I found it it is pre-diabetic. Her symptoms are largely varying day to day with some being worse then others. She is also waking up to pee some nights. Should I be concerned that it could it be diabetes?
It does not sound normal, so I would get a consultation with a diabetes specialist, not a general practitioner or family doctor. She may need some home blood glucose monitoring and/or formal glucose tolerance testing as well as some other laboratory testing, such as followup A1c levels, insulin levels, consideration for insulin resistance or polycystic ovaries if also overweight, has acanthosis nigricans, and/or menstrual problems. She definitely needs further follow-up.