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From New Jersey, USA:

I have a 9 year old Type 1 diabetic daughter who was diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago. After getting over a virus, she went swimming at a friend's home and got sunburn. Since then, her sugar levels have been high. Is there any relationship between sunburn and high sugar levels?


The high blood sugar levels are not likely to be directly due to overexposure to sunlight. However if your daughter forgot to put on sunscreen and got quite badly burned that could cause a sufficient stress to raise blood sugars. The levels may also be the aftermath of the virus infection and of course there may have been some emotional conflict with her friend which you were not told about. Hopefully it will all clear up soon and be back to normal.


Original posting 24 Jun 97


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