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 19, 2006
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Minnesota, USA:
My son has had several of the symptoms of diabetes, including excessive thirst, weight loss, bed wetting, and frequent urination. The doctor did a fasting blood glucose. The first one came back 174 mg/dl [9.7 mmol/L]. He did another fasting, but my son had eaten, since my husband didn't realize he couldn't eat and fed him, and it came back 74 mg/dl [4.1 mmol/L]. They also did an A1c that was 5.9. Over the weekend, we have randomly tested him with levels as high as 227 mg/dl [12.6 mmol/L], but most were around 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L]. His doctor says I don't need to be concerned at all, but I feel 5.9 is something to be concerned about. Because I was concerned, the doctor did refer my son to a pediatric endocrinologist. My son's doctors are all through the Mayo Clinic and they consider normal glucose in children to be between 70 and 100 mg/dl [3.9 and 5.6 mmol/L]. Do you think I should be concerned and follow through with this appointment, or I am just being crazy?
The blood glucose levels you report are not normal and could represent the early phases of diabetes. I would agree with more blood glucose monitoring and, also, consultation with a pediatric diabetes team.