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.
March 27, 2009
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Hollywood, Maryland, USA:
My son was found at the top of the stairs, sweating, racing heart rate and stating that he could not walk and was confused. His blood sugar was 51 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L]. He had 3 ounces of orange juice. Thirty minutes later, when his blood sugar was 105 mg/dl [5.8 mmol/L], he vomited and complained he was very tired and just wanted to sleep. I rechecked his blood sugar an hour later and it was 168 mg/dl [9.3 mmol/L]. He had a glucose challenge. At three hours, his blood sugar was 54 mg/dl [3.0 mmol/L]. At home, his blood sugars have been running from 61 mg/dl [3.4 mmol/L] to 158 mg/dl [8.8 mmol/l]. The higher blood sugars are two hours after eating. The glucometer is calibrated correctly, because my sister is a type 1 diabetic. He has repeated the above situation three times. Is this something about which I should be concerned?
This could be the earliest stages of developing diabetes and could also just be hypoglycemia. I would suggest that you arrange for consultation with a pediatric endocrinologist with the likely recommendation of ongoing blood glucose monitoring and a meal plan that avoids simple sugars, provides some protein/fat every three hours. This usually works if it were only meal-food related hypoglycemia..