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.
November 30, 2002
Question from Ellendale, North Dakota, USA:
My husband, who has had diabetes since age nine, recently went into an insulin reaction. His blood sugar after putting sugar in his body was 51 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L], he couldn't talk or move for quite a while, and he got quite sick. These things were to be expected for an insulin reaction, but he went into shock and not long after that he turned a yellowish orange color. I have never seen this before, and neither has his mother. The doctors took many tests and couldn't tell me anything. Can you tell me why my husband turned a yellowish orange color during an insulin reaction?
I cannot tell you why he changed colors to a yellow orange color. Transient color change can occur with level of circulation, ability to oxygenate the blood, or other conditions. The only color change associated with yellow/orange color change is if liver abnormalities exist. If they do, the color change is usually not transient and persists long enough to show up on blood tests.