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February 14, 2007

Hyperglycemia and DKA, Other

Question from Orillia, Ontario, Canada:

My 12 year old daughter is experiencing high blood glucose levels that are hard to control. Her doctor thinks it may be the onset of puberty. With thyroid problems existing on her mother's side of the family, would a hormone and thyroid blood test determine if puberty is occurring? Would this assist us in controlling her glucose levels?

Answer:

Puberty is pretty obvious in both boys and girls. Blood tests aren’t needed. As for thyroid tests and thyroid disease, diagnosis is made with blood tests.

Puberty does make diabetes more difficult to manage because of the insulin resistance brought on by the hormonal changes.

LD