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.
June 29, 2003
Behavior, Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Bristol, Vermont, USA:
We have been having some difficulties with our child's "attitude" lately, and every time we test him when he's like this, he is always excessively high. When ever his levels are normal, or even low, this behavior is not present. We realize that low blood sugars can cause this type of a reaction but is there any correlation between bad behavior, aggression, or emotional outburst that is strictly related to high blood sugars? Is it even possible? Is it always associated with something other than diabetes?
Many authorities will say that there is little behavioral change with high blood sugars, but in my experience, kids can be quite a bit grumpier when they’re high. This can contribute to problematic behavior at school. One should work diligently to minimize high blood sugars by carefully looking at a child’s insulin dosing, activity level, and method of administration of insulin to help solve this problem.