childhood diabetes

By sisson Latest Reply 2009-07-17 20:16:34 -0500
Started 2009-06-16 12:39:21 -0500

It has been a long time senece you have heard from me! About 3 weeks ago my 5 yrar old neice was newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She is the first child in the family that I know of to have deen diagnosed with the blessing. It hit me realy heard because I have been a diabetic for 16 years and have never been over 245 and she been over 600. Can any one help us?

5 replies

Nan H.
Nan H. 2009-07-17 20:16:34 -0500 Report

I hate to say this; I know it will be taken wrong; but I was diagnosed at 4 and I consider it a blessing. I never really had a chance to learn bad habits, and find that it is actually easier for me to do what I'm supposed to do because of that. If there are any blessings in a diagnosis like this, that's one of them.

lipsie 2009-06-20 09:56:23 -0500 Report

It is so hard when youngin's get hit with this. My heart goes out to her and you…family during the trials of this new diagnosis until she finds the right medications if need be, nutrition, exercise, etc. Good luck to you all! *HugS* Sheila

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-06-18 12:40:47 -0500 Report

I hadn't gotten very sick when I was diagnosed at age 11 — my blood sugar was 480. Since a Type 1 diabetic doesn't produce insulin at all, they can go a lot higher — Type 2 diabetics are resistant to insulin, so they at least still get some (at least at first, I believe they do).

I've had numbers in the four and five hundreds when something wasn't right — they'll get her under control. It just takes time and a lot of learning. I can't imagine being that young with diabetes.

Judi62 2009-06-16 13:16:05 -0500 Report

I wasn't a child when diagnosed, but in my early 20s. (Over 20 years now.) My BS was 785. Of course, I also had keytones in the urine. There shouldn't be any keytones.

One they get your niece regulated, she'll be fine. She will learn as she grows.

I wish her good health and lots of hugs to help her through the difficult times that are sure to come. But not to worry… There will be a lot of good times, too.