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 18, 2003
Question from Homerville, Georgia, USA:
My 14 year old son has had type 1 diabetes for about five years and has been using an insulin pump for about 10 months, and his hemoglobin A1c is still around 9%. He also has ADD for which he takes Adderall. For about year, his blood pressure has been above 140 so he was started on a blood pressure medication about two months ago and referred to a pediatric cardiologist because of a murmur. We found out he has a bicuspid aorta and cardiac hypertrophy. What now? He loves sports, and his regular pediatrician said no anaerobic exercise. Is there any way around this? I struggle a lot just to have him test and bolus, so I haven't told him about the anaerobic exercise yet. Please give me advice on how to handle this and questions I may need to ask his doctors.
At the risk of not being helpful, I think most pediatric endocrinologists, like me, don’t profess expertise in cardiology. I would seek an opinion of an expert in cardiac physiology. It is a big command to forbid significant exercise, especially in an active teenager.