cjh - 18518
By cjh - 18518 Latest Reply 2008-09-11 03:26:16 -0500
Started 2008-09-10 06:59:39 -0500

I have been diabetic for 23 years. My mom was diagnosed about 10 years after I was. Her grandmother also had it. I am worried for my daughter who is 9. Every once in a while I will check her blood sugar (she always wants it checked—lol) and it's always normal, however about a year ago she was experiencing diabetic symtoms so I took her to her doc and her blood sugar level was 128. That concerned me a little but her doc said nothing to worry about. What IS too high for a kid? Should I have her checked regularly? I wonder what her chances are of getting diabetes.

7 replies

wendyjean 2008-09-11 03:04:00 -0500 Report

I think your right on track checking her sugars the way you are and having her get used to the ritual,i to come from a long line of diabetics including my mother and both her parents,my brother an sister in there 30s dont have it but i've had it 13-14yrs now soIknow her odds are high,as far as the numbers I'm not sure but someone in this community will and will talk you through it..god bless you and your family,stay heathy!!!

David H
David H 2008-09-11 02:45:55 -0500 Report

I am worried too. I have 3 sons and their grandmother was a diabetic and I am, so they have both sides of the family with possible genetics. I heard type 2 diabetics were over weight when they were young. Has anyone else heard of this? I was over weight while I was young. My sons are their perfect weight. Any other suggestions to help in their health?

midget 2008-09-10 12:28:22 -0500 Report

hello there. i don't think it's a bad idea to check her sugar, lol. better safe than sorry. not to much junk food, alot of exercise, and keep an eye on her.

butterfly_8 2008-09-10 08:02:10 -0500 Report

I think it is not a bad idea to have her checked once in a while.
However, I think it is very important to teach her to stay away from Junk food if possible, and to learn good dietary habits at an early age.
I am sure you do not have to worry about exercise. Younger Children her age are usually very active.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-09-10 07:17:27 -0500 Report

Having a close relative with diabetes has definitely been shown to increase your risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. However, the increase in risk is not huge, but it is an increase. If I remember correctly, when our son was diagnosed, we were told that our other children had a 10% greater risk of being diagnosed.

About the 128 reading, if it was a fasting blood sugar, I would be a little concerned about it. If it wasn't fasting, I don't think it's a worry at all.

That's my two cents.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-09-10 07:07:15 -0500 Report

Hello, my son is type1 almost 4 yrs now, when he was diagnosed we were asked if anyone in our family had it…which we can not come up with anyone..so i am not sure about the hereditary issue, but I would probaby say yes…I would ask your Dr.I don't know if I helped much…