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March 2, 2001

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Whitesburg, Kentucky, USA:

My three year son had a blood sugar of 180mg/dl [10 mmol/L]. Since then it is still in the 150s mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L]. He has never been checked before and he doesn't have any symptoms, but diabetes runs both sides of the family. I am very concerned. Could a virus have brought this on?

Answer:

It is rare for a viral infection to cause high blood sugars. I would continuing to him over the next few months to ensure that this he is not developing diabetes. Your pediatrician will be able to give you specific instructions for testing.

MSB

[Editor’s comment: You should also contact your’s son’s pediatrician immediately if he displays any symptoms of diabetes or if his blood sugars continue in this range.

SS]