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.
July 11, 1999
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Sterling, Virginia, USA:
My 2 1/2 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 a month ago. He is currently in the honeymoon phase and is receiving 1 unit of Lente every A.M. Other than drawing blood for Islet Cell Antibodies, how can you differentiate between Type 1A and Type 1B? It seems he could be managed without insulin but I realize the theory that insulin preserves remaining beta cells, but I wonder if possibly he is 1B instead. He is Caucasian and I also realize 1B is not as common in Caucasians.
If the antibodies are positive, then it’s definitely Type 1A, which is statistically the most likely bet in a child of this age and race anyway. The chances of Type 1B are small.
It really doesn’t matter; preserving the islet cells applies to both groups.