Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

Aurora, Illinois, USA:

My mother, sister, and I all have type 1 diabetes, and my 12 year old son seems to drink and urinate a lot at times. He had the flu a few months ago, and was going to the bathroom a lot. (I counted five times in an hour.) I was pushing fluids but when I checked his cups he had drank less than a cup. He had small ketones (I only checked once), and his blood sugar (using my meter) was 90 mg/dl [5mmol/L]. This was the worse episode. In the morning he urinates for a long time.

When I have mentioned to his previous pediatrician, she wasn't concerned and no lab tests have ever been drawn. We changed doctors, and the new one he did a urinalysis once, and since I was never called, I assumed it was normal. Would it be reasonable to check my son's antibodies? When I asked his doctor at his last sports physical, he said he hadn't heard about them and did not know what to order, but he did agree to do the test. Am I being reasonable?


I'm not sure that checking his antibodies (ICA 512 and GAD 65) will be beneficial. These tests may be done on newly diagnosed children if there is a question about whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. They are not typically helpful prior to a diagnosis of diabetes in my practice.

I would suggest careful screening for diabetes over the next few months, especially if your son has had a lab-documented episode of a high blood sugar. See Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes Guidelines.


Original posting 23 Jun 2003
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.