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 24, 2002
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Rome, Ohio, USA:
My three year old niece, just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, had a blood sugar of 900 mg/dl [50 mmol/L] when she was taken to the hospital. Isn't there a possibility of brain damage from the blood sugar being so high? How high is too high?
It is unlikely that she had any brain damage done by this episode of high blood sugar. It is important, obviously, to avoid such high blood sugars and follow the directions of the physician in caring for your niece as what her blood sugar should be.