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.
September 11, 2007
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Claymont, Delaware, USA:
My 10-year-old son has had foamy urine for four to six weeks. After learning that it was not normal, I took him to the doctor immediately. The pediatrician's office took a urine dipstick test in the afternoon. They found a trace of protein and sugar in his urine. A week before the test, my son had fevers at night for four days with the only other symptom being a headache. At first, the doctor wanted another morning urine sample in two weeks. In the meantime, my home glucose monitor reads 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] for his fasting almost every morning this week. I am pre-diabetic, and diabetes and kidney disease is in our family. Since his fasting blood sugar is high, the doctor wants him to go for a two hour post meal laboratory test. However, his blood glucose seems to be below 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] after two hours. Could he be diabetic? Is the protein related to the sugar? Why are his post meals normal, but yet his fastings high? He has gained a lot of weight over the past year and his BMI is "overweight." He has no other symptoms of frequent urination, thirst or hunger.
I think that your son may not be fully diabetic, but to clarify the diagnosis, he might need a new fasting blood sugar test done in the laboratory with a urinalysis, an autoantibodies test (GAD, IA-2, IAA), an A1c test, and insulin levels done at fasting and post meal. He may eventually turn out to be pre-diabetic, but losing weight and promoting physical exercise can be the best way to prevent the full spectrum of clinical diabetes.