By ajtwins Latest Reply 2011-02-26 08:40:22 -0600
Started 2011-02-19 23:09:29 -0600

my children are boarder line diabetic. im worried i need some help

6 replies

christynina 2011-02-24 15:53:29 -0600 Report

My 17 year old daughter was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at age 13. She has had symptoms all of her life and as hard as we tried, we couldn't figure out what was wrong. She was sent to pediatric gastroentroligists and endocrinoligists, all with no luck. She was working at a job where she wasn't getting regular breaks and a friend saw her having an attack, she thought it was diabetes, but it was just the opposite. After she was finally diagnosed, we had quite a struggle. She has to snack almost constantly to keep her sugar levels up. She was embarrassed to eat in class at school, but she had to. It took running into a patient at her Docs office that had hypoglycemia that turned into Type 2 recently. He talked to her and told her if he had followed his diet when he should have, he would still be hypoglycemic and diabetes is much more difficult to control. This was about a year and a half after her diagnosis. She started following her diet and is doing better. My advice would be, if they are borderline, go to a nutritionist and follow the diet. The worst that could happen is that you put off the symptoms for awhile. My daughter has been told that she will most likely end up type 2. But it is up to her to determine her results. Her Grandpa just died of complications to type 2 diabetes. He had it for ten years and could no longer walk. This 17 year old is determined that this will happen later rather than sooner. We have also been told that since we fed her all of the time when she was having symptoms, even though we didn't know what was wrong, we saved her from being type 2 by 13. A nutritionists health plan is never a bad idea and it may be just the ticket. I know this is a diabetic web site. But blood sugar is blood sugar, high or low, control is the key.

GabbyPA 2011-02-21 13:22:40 -0600 Report

Are they facing Type 1 or type 2 at age 8? I don't think there is a borderline for type 1, so I would make sure they are being closely monitored by the family doctor for now.

If it is type 2, here is your opportunity to get yourself straight and help your babies avoid the onset so young. At this age, you are still in control of what you feed them, so take advantage of that and get the whole family on a healthy eating plan and exercising as a family, having fun with it so that they learn that it's a good thing. Example is a loving example of what you all are doing.

realsis77 2011-02-20 13:10:22 -0600 Report

Hi. I'm sorry your kids are borderline. Maybe you can help by lowering the intake of carbs. As diabetics we can't have carbs. Have them eat more fresh veggies, stay away from breads. A diet change can really benifit them at this point. We have all changed our diets as diabetics but since there borderline maybe a diet change can hopefully prevent the diabetes. Id talk to there doctor and see what the doctor says about that. I'm sure the doctor will agree it will benifit the children to change there diet.I wish you the very best and hope your children stay healthy and happy

RAYT721 2011-02-20 03:55:54 -0600 Report

How old are the "children" we are talking about? The answer to your question may be different if we are talking about seven, seventeen or thirty seven but the principals are the same … education! Now, you are not saying if you are diabetic yourself so it's hard to answer your question other than with other questions. Please know that the one thing worse than being diabetic is being an unmanaged diabetic. Get the facts on how diet, exercise and perhaps medication can help with control and management. There are no cures for diabetes but as you research the effects of diabetes that is left untreated you will find plenty of motivation for finding a plan that works for you and/or your family. Prayer may not help but it certainly won't hurt.