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 13, 2006
Question from Lake Station, Indiana, USA:
My 26 1/2 month old daughter has Down Syndrome. At age two, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. It is my understanding that in many children with Down Syndrome, hyperthyroidism and diabetes go hand in hand. When do I need to start getting her tested and how often thereafter?
You could ask for antibody tests to see if she is at risk. These are repeated every three years or so. Also, most children develop diabetes over a relatively short clinical interval. Look for thirst and increased urine. Depending on her developmental level, you may not get the complaints, etc. so you do need to look for symptoms.
[Editor’s comment: See our web page listing of the Symptoms of Diabetes.