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.
April 17, 2001
Question from St. Louis, Missouri, USA:
My five year old son, who has had diabetes since age two and a half, has been on an insulin pump for over a year and is doing very well. Recently, I read something about diabetic autonomic neuropathy being detectable and treatable (reversible). Are you familiar with "heart rate variability testing"? The article I read says that it is very rarely tested for. At what age do you think diabetics typically show signs of diabetic autonomic neuropathy? Is it realistic for me to ask to have my five year old be tested?
No! That said, we really have no data on children except to tell parents they don’t have heart disease. That really is true. In my more than 25 years of experience, I don’t have any data save watching my share grow to be adults with no heart disease. When to test? I would expect in the mid-twenties to thirty at the soonest.