Can diabetes be misdiagnosed? I ask this because my son (6) was diagnosed last August with Type 1. So, we started the journey of testing blood sugars, adjusting diet, adding insulin, etc. About two months ago, my son's numbers started becoming more regular and his doctor lowered his amount of insulin. At first I just figured it was the "honeymoon phase" that so many people talk about. But since then things have become even more stabilized. Could his diagnosis have been a mistake?

Dr. David Erani


It is possible, but unlikely. Diabetes is diagnosed in one of four different ways. These are: 1) a fasting blood glucose (FBG) test with a result of 126 mg/dl or higher; 2) an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) with a result e of 200 mg/dl or higher ; 3), any blood glucose reading of 200 mg/dl or higher with symptoms of hyperglycemia; and 4) an A1C of 6.5% or higher. In each case, the test should be repeated to confirm the diagnosis. If your son met any of these criteria, he has diabetes. It is likely that he is in the “honeymoon phase.” Probably the most important thing for your son to know is that the fact that he has diabetes should not stop him from doing whatever he wants to in life.

February 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm