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Diagnosis and Symptoms from 2008

  1. Based on my patient's laboratory results and diagnosis of type 1, can you give me a second opinion about his treatment, diet, exercise, etc.? (29 Dec 2008)
  2. Symptomatic for diabetes, my son had some random elevated blood sugars. Blood work done by the doctor does not indicate diabetes. What should I do? (29 Dec 2008)
  3. Six months after her diagnosis with type 1, my daughter is again wetting her bed. Why would this be happening? (22 Dec 2008)
  4. My son has had a variety of symptoms for five years, including some random high blood sugars. Tests have never provided a diagnosis. What should we do? (22 Dec 2008)
  5. Two of my daughters were diagnosed with type 1 recently. A third had an A1c of 6.2, but is asymptomatic. Could she be in the early stages of diabetes? (22 Dec 2008)
  6. Based on the following laboratory values received today, what type of diabetes might I have and how might it best be treated? (19 Dec 2008)
  7. An ER doctor said our son has probably diabetes, but subsequent tests said this may not be correct. Can you help us understand what is going on with our son? (11 Dec 2008)
  8. About a month ago, my son was diagnosed with type 1, but I keep needing to reduce his insulin due to low blood sugars. Could he have been misdiagnosed? (8 Dec 2008)
  9. Based on his GAD result, my son will eventually be diagnosed with type 1, according to the pediatrician. Can you help me understand my son's diabetes status? (6 Dec 2008)
  10. While laboratory testing indicated a normal blood sugar, some of my daughter's post meal blood sugars have been elevated. What does this mean? (3 Dec 2008)
  11. Our toddler was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Based on her laboratory results, can you give us a second opinion? (2 Dec 2008)
  12. The doctor said my six-year-old has diabetes because of vaginal discharge, but recently said her blood sugar was normal. Why would she still have the discharge? (1 Dec 2008)
  13. About a year ago, my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Over the summer, we stopped insulin due to lows. Based on her situation and test results, is this really diabetes? (22 Nov 2008)
  14. My daughter has had secondary nocturnal enuresis. She had a coxsackie virus in August. What are the odds she could now have diabetes so soon after the virus? (21 Nov 2008)
  15. For two years, my daughter has been very sick. I now suspect she may have diabetes, even though she doesn't have too many symptoms. What is your opinion? (21 Nov 2008)
  16. My daughter's blood sugar was 3.4 mmol/L [61 mg/dl] at the doctor's office, not diabetes. At home, her blood sugars are often quite high. What could this be? (17 Nov 2008)
  17. I took my symptomatic daughter to the pediatrician. He said it was not diabetes because there was no glucose in her urine. Shouldn't he have ordered a fasting blood sugar test? (17 Nov 2008)
  18. I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, but my blood sugars are now in range. Could this be the honeymoon of LADA? Might I have been misdiagnosed? (11 Nov 2008)
  19. I discovered my grandson's had an elevated blood sugar. The doctor indicated she'd check later at my grandson's next check-up. Shouldn't there be more concern? (4 Nov 2008)
  20. At the ER, my toddler had urine ketones, but no urine glucose, plus a low blood sugar. Her blood sugars were elevated after a dextrose I.V. Could this still be diabetes? (3 Nov 2008)
  21. My son's blood sugar was elevated afer an oral steroid, but has been normal since then. What does this mean? (28 Oct 2008)
  22. My son has been experiencing fatigue, headaches and nausea in the afternoons. Almost 13, could these symptoms be related to puberty? (24 Oct 2008)
  23. My daughter has some of the symptoms of diabetes, which the doctor ruled out. Could it still be diabetes? Could this be the honeymoon phase? (20 Oct 2008)
  24. My son has a variety of symptoms, including spikes in his blood sugar. He tested negative for MODY and passed a three hour glucose test. What could this be? (19 Oct 2008)
  25. Based on her symptoms, what could be going on with my daughter? An endocrine doctor has said it's a panic disorder and put my daughter on metformin. (19 Oct 2008)
  26. My son has always wanted to eat a lot, especially protein. The school nurse suggested that he might have hypoglycemia. Should I have him tested? (6 Oct 2008)
  27. I was monitoring my daughter's blood sugars, but stopped since she was asymptomatic. I just learned she tested positive for GAD antibodies. What does this mean? (5 Oct 2008)
  28. Is it possible for a non-diabetic to have an isolated high blood glucose reading? (30 Sep 2008)
  29. Symptomatic for diabetes since March, our daughter's fasting blood sugar was slightly elevated and she tested negative for antibodies. If it's not diabetes, what else could it be? (27 Sep 2008)
  30. My son's blood sugar was 141 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L], normal, per the doctor. We knew this was slightly elevated. Should we take him to a pediatric endocrinologist? (25 Sep 2008)
  31. Three years ago, I was told I had type 2. Later, they said it was MODY. I am now on quite a bit of insulin. Could I have type 1 and have had a long honeymoon? (24 Sep 2008)
  32. My son, who tested positive for one antibody, has been drinking a lot and soaking through his clothes. If he were to develop diabetes, how long would it be before his sugar goes higher? (14 Sep 2008)
  33. I have been experiencing both low blood sugars and postprandial highs. My laboratory checked fasting blood sugar was normal. What should I do? (10 Sep 2008)
  34. At a check-up, my daughter had glucose in her urine, a blood sugar of 250 mg/dl [13.9 mmol/L] and an A1c of 6.7. Is this early diabetes? (10 Sep 2008)
  35. Because my husband has MS, we have been checking our son's blood sugars. Recently, his blood sugars have been slightly elevated. What do you suggest? (31 Aug 2008)
  36. I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago. Oral medication did not help, so I was put on insulin. I now have good control. Do I have LADA or type 2? (31 Aug 2008)
  37. My daughter had "low positive" ICA 512 autoantibodies and 21-hydroxylase autoantibodies. What does this mean? Why did the doctor suggest TrialNet for her? (29 Aug 2008)
  38. The endocrinologist won't diagnose my daughter with diabetes after normal tests. Why did she once have a post meal high? Why did she recently have glucose in her urine? (27 Aug 2008)
  39. For two years, my daughter has had episodes of paleness, headaches, etc. resolved by eating sugar. Based on her OGTT results, could it be MODY or the start of type 1? (25 Aug 2008)
  40. At home, my daughter has had elevated blood sugars. During an OGTT, her blood sugar dropped to 70 mg/dl [3.9 mmol/L]. Could she have had a hypoglycemic reaction? (22 Aug 2008)
  41. I've had hypoglycemia for 16 years. Recently, I've been very thirsty, urinating a lot and having occasional trouble seeing. What could this be? (20 Aug 2008)
  42. In 2003, my C-Peptide was 0.5. Recently, it was 5.3 so my doctor took me off insulin and put me on metformin XR, but I am now back on insulin. Why did the pills not work? (19 Aug 2008)
  43. What constitutes "excessive urination" for a nine year old boy? How much should he be drinking and urinating? (18 Aug 2008)
  44. Based on my symptoms, including extreme thirst, breath smelling like Juicy Fruit gum, and a blood sugar of 956 mg/dl [53.1 mmol/L], do I have diabetes? (17 Aug 2008)
  45. Using a friend's meter, my daughter has had elevated blood sugars, but the pediatrician won't diagnose diabetes without laboratory testing. What is your opinion? (16 Aug 2008)
  46. My daughter has had high blood sugars at home, as high as 350 mg/dl [19.4 mmol/L]. The doctor said she does not have diabetes. What should I do? (16 Aug 2008)
  47. My daughter's fasting blood sugar was 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/l], but fine after I put her on a low carbohydrate diet. Is this something I need to worry about? (15 Aug 2008)
  48. I was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia a few years ago. Recently, my blood sugars have been somewhat elevated, but then drop a bit. Is this normal? (15 Aug 2008)
  49. Diagnosed with hypoglycemia in 1991, I am very overweight. For weeks, I have been feeling very weak and shaky. Is my hypoglycemia turning into diabetes? (1 Aug 2008)
  50. My 10-year-old gained 73 pounds in two years. Her insulin level was high, but her blood sugar normal. Other than meeting with a nutritionist, what should I do to help her? (29 Jul 2008)
  51. My son's new doctor thinks my son may have type 2 because he's never been in DKA. Is this a correct assumption? What will the results of impending blood work tell? (29 Jul 2008)
  52. I suspect my daughter has hypoglycemia, like me. Her fasting test results were fine, according to the doctor's office. What should I do? (20 Jul 2008)
  53. My son was diagnosed with diabetes, but not put on insulin. The doctors say he might have MODY. Could this be possible or is he just in his honeymoon? (20 Jul 2008)
  54. My daughter has celiac. Drinking a lot and wetting her bed, her fasting blood sugar was 106 mg/dl [5.9 mmol/L], pre-diabetes. Is there anything I should do at this point? (19 Jul 2008)
  55. When diagnosed with type 1, my son 's GAD was negative, but he tested positive for the insulin antibody. Our doctor says my son's case is unique. What type of diabetes might he have? (18 Jul 2008)
  56. My four-year-old had a random blood sugar of 260 mg/dl [14.4 mmol/L]. I know to look for a fasting blood sugar over 125 mg/dl [6.9 mmol/L]. Would it help to check for urine ketones? (17 Jul 2008)
  57. I have many symptoms, including thirst, dry skin, and extreme hunger. Although I smoke, I do not drink or take drugs, other than my heart medication. What might this be? (17 Jul 2008)
  58. My son was initially diagnosed with diabetes, with Glucophage as the treatment. After a repeat GTT, the doctor said he has pre-diabetes. What does he have? (16 Jul 2008)
  59. Tests showed my son has a genetic condition in which he has sugar in his urine. Symptomatic again, could he now be diagnosed with diabetes? (16 Jul 2008)
  60. Twice, my non-diabetic teen has been in the 60s mg/dl [3.3 to 3.8 mmol/L] two to three hours after a meal. Is this a precursor for diabetes? (12 Jul 2008)
  61. Is it possible for allergy shots to bring on diabetes? (7 Jul 2008)
  62. My son was in range during his glucose tolerance test last year. Since then, he has been from 50 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L] to over 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L]. Should he be retested? (29 Jun 2008)
  63. My son has thirst, nighttime urination, weight loss, stomach pain and intermittent fevers. The first three are symptoms of diabetes, but what about the pain and fever? (25 Jun 2008)
  64. After two months of fatigue, my son's random blood glucose was 167 mg/dl [9.3 mmol/L]. Today, his fasting was 113 mg/dl [6.3 mmol/L]. Could he be in the early stages of type 1? (20 Jun 2008)
  65. Since my A1c was 6.5, my doctor said I have diabetes. I asked for an OGTT and am confused about its results. Am I diabetic or not? (15 Jun 2008)
  66. Symptomatic for diabetes, my daughter has some elevated blood sugars at home. Should I be concerned? Can the onset of diabetes be slow? (11 Jun 2008)
  67. My son is overweight and has been diagnosed with insulin resistance and a male version of PCOS. Would he benefit from taking metformin? Is there anything else I should do? (11 Jun 2008)
  68. My son is in good health, but a bit overweight and slow when running. He eats a lot of sweets. Should I be concerned about him developing diabetes? (11 Jun 2008)
  69. How many children die because it was too late before anyone realized what was going on? (11 Jun 2008)
  70. My son has had two glucose tests; results were normal both times. Then, why does my son have symptoms? Is there anything we should do? (7 Jun 2008)
  71. My daughter was diagnosed with pre-diabetes about five years ago. She was MIAA and GAD-65 positive. Is she going to end up with type 1 diabetes? (4 Jun 2008)
  72. Diagnosed with hypoglycemia at the age of four, my now six and a half-year-old often behaves erratically and is moody. Could she by on the path to developing diabetes? (4 Jun 2008)
  73. At his check-up, my son had urine ketones so we were told to log his meals and check certain blood sugars, which have been on the low side. What could this be? (3 Jun 2008)
  74. I take care of a toddler who voids shortly after drinking, eats a lot, but is not overweight. How can I encourage her mom to discuss this with a doctor? (3 Jun 2008)
  75. My daughter tested positive only to GAD 2. All other tests were negative. Is this "normal" diabetes? (2 Jun 2008)
  76. Using a home monitor, my son's fasting blood sugars range from 97 mg/dl [5.4 mmol/L] to 160 mg/dl [8.9 mmol/L]. Could he have pre-diabetes? (1 Jun 2008)
  77. My son's blood sugar was low at the doctor's office despite symptoms of diabetes. At home, he's been both high and low. Should I get another opinion? (27 May 2008)
  78. Diagnosed in February, my teen son has needed no short acting insulin since mid-March. He runs on the track team. His GAD test was negative. What does this mean? (27 May 2008)
  79. The doctor said my son has diabetes. I am now limiting his carbohydrate intake, but he's not gaining weight. How many carbohydrates should he get per day? (25 May 2008)
  80. When hospitalized for appendicitis, my son had a blood glucose of 126 mg/dl [7.0 mmol/L] and large urine ketones. Was it caused by stress or is he developing diabetes? (19 May 2008)
  81. When a person is diagnosed in the 1000s mg/dl [over 55.6 mmol/L], is there more damage to the body and pancreas than a person who is, say, 600 mg/dl [33.3 mmol/L]? (18 May 2008)
  82. Because he was symptomatic, I checked my son's A1c. It was 5.6. I thought a child should be less than 4. Am I wrong? Should he have a glucose tolerance test? (12 May 2008)
  83. Two of my children had elevated blood sugars when tested at home. Should I take them in for tests? (12 May 2008)
  84. My toddler has awakened from naps shaking that stopped when I gave her candy. All tests were negative, but I'm concerned that some results were abnormal. Is this a concern? (11 May 2008)
  85. Having type 1 myself, I have checked my son, who is always thirsty and wetting the bed, and found sugars all over the place. Could he have diabetes? (10 May 2008)
  86. When sick, my daughter had a high blood sugar and ketones. Both returned to normal after hospitalization so she was not diagnosed with type 1. What do you think this was? (10 May 2008)
  87. Diagnosed with type 1 two months ago, my son has been able to stop taking insulin. He follows a strict diet and even lost weight his first month after diagnosis. What's going on here? (8 May 2008)
  88. My daughter has many of the symptoms of diabetes, but, when checked by the doctor, she was considered normal. Could she be developing diabetes? (6 May 2008)
  89. My son is wetting his bed, gains, then loses weight, does not like to be in the sun, and has dark rings around his eyes. Could he have diabetes? (27 Apr 2008)
  90. I've been checking my blood sugars. Once, when lightheaded, I was 58 mg/dl [3.2 mmol/L]. Today, I was 62 mg/dl [3.4 mmol/L] fasting. Is this considered "normal?" (27 Apr 2008)
  91. Even though my son's blood sugars were low during a three-hour test, at home, he still is symptomatic for diabetes and has fluctuating blood sugars. What should I do? (26 Apr 2008)
  92. Two years ago, I was put on Elidel cream. A year ago, I was diagnosed with type 1. Could the cream have triggered the diabetes? (21 Apr 2008)
  93. My son has had extreme hunger, thirst and drenching night sweats and I am concerned he has diabetes. What do you think of these symptoms? (21 Apr 2008)
  94. My son has had fluctuating blood sugars at home. His last fasting blood sugar test done by a laboratory was in range. What do you think of his symptoms? (16 Apr 2008)
  95. My daughter has dark patches on her neck and underarms. Her random blood sugar was about 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L]. If diagnosed with diabetes, could diet alone control it? (9 Apr 2008)
  96. After she had glucose in her urine, my daughter had laboratory work. Her blood sugar was 80 mg/dl [4.4 mmol/L]. Might she develop type 1 in the future? (7 Apr 2008)
  97. On a feeding tube since infancy, my four-year-old had elevated blood sugars in laboratory work. Might she need a change in formula? Or, could she have type 1? (7 Apr 2008)
  98. My daughter had a random blood sugar of 138 mg/dl [7.7 mmol/L]. Is that considered high? (7 Apr 2008)
  99. I was diagnosed with type 2 based on a fasting blood sugar of 124 mg/dl [6.9 mmol/L]. I have no symptoms, but am overweight. Could this be pre-diabetes? (28 Mar 2008)
  100. My son was just diagnosed with type 1, after an illness and the use of oral steroids. His blood sugars are now in range. Could he have been misdiagnosed? (28 Mar 2008)
  101. My son recently had a fasting blood sugar of 138 mg/dl [7.7 mmol/L]. Could this be a sign of impending diabetes? He has tested negative for islet cell antibodies. (23 Mar 2008)
  102. What's the highest A1c you've ever seen? If it were very high, such as 23.9 at diagnosis, is that likely inaccurate? (17 Mar 2008)
  103. My mother-in-law has been having headaches. Her fasting blood sugar was 121 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L], which her doctor said was fine. Should she seek a second opinion? (3 Mar 2008)
  104. We had some tests run on our symptomatic daughter. Her A1c was 5.6, antibodies negative, but I don't understand her C-Peptide results. Can you explain what they mean? (29 Feb 2008)
  105. After a month on Accutane, my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Could her high level be caused by the Accutane? Have other patients on Accutane developed diabetes? (29 Feb 2008)
  106. My daughter, who's had type 1 for two years, is drinking and urinating a lot. What would make her do this? Could a child have type 1 and diabetes insipidus concurrently? (28 Feb 2008)
  107. I have hypoglycemia, but have recently had high blood sugars, too. Might I have diabetes? What kind of treatment do I need? (27 Feb 2008)
  108. Since I have type 1, I checked my daughter when she seemed symptomatic. Some of her post-meal blood sugars are elevated, but her fastings are not. What do you think is going on? (26 Feb 2008)
  109. I was diagnosed with type 2 recently due to a prescribed steroid I was using. Since I've been weaned off the drug, my blood sugars have been more stable. What does this mean? (26 Feb 2008)
  110. Although my daughter's fasting glucose test was normal, I have seen post meal numbers as high as 171 mg/dl [9.5 mmol/L], per my husband's meter. What does this mean? (23 Feb 2008)
  111. At home, my son has had elevated blood sugar readings. His three hour glucose test and a test for MODY were both negative. Is it okay to have untreated high blood sugars? (12 Feb 2008)
  112. I had some elevated readings as part of a three hour blood glucose testing as part of my physiology class. Should I follow up with a doctor? What could this be? (10 Feb 2008)
  113. How long can a honeymoon phase last? After several years with diabetes, I use very little insulin and have few highs and wonder if I could still be in my honeymoon. (9 Feb 2008)
  114. My son has lost weight, has belly pain, eats ravenously, drinks and urinates frequently. His random blood sugar was 110 mg/dl [6.1 mmol/L]. Is this something to be concerned about? (4 Feb 2008)
  115. We have no family history of diabetes. Could my daughter's diabetes be related to the mumps she had earlier? Might my elder daughter be prone to getting type 1? (31 Jan 2008)
  116. If I eat a lot of grains, my blood sugar is elevated for hours. So, I would think that eliminating them would help. Would I learn anything else from an OGTT? (31 Jan 2008)
  117. I was told I have a pancreatic insufficiency. I am tired and go to the bathroom quite frequently.Could diabetes have caused the insufficiency or vice versa? (29 Jan 2008)
  118. While at the hospital work for the flu, my son's blood sugar was 170 mg/dl [9.4 mmol/L]. The doctors were not concerned. Should I insist on a fasting blood glucose test? (22 Jan 2008)
  119. My son, who weighs 28 kg, was diagnosed with diabetes and put on Glucophage. A second pediatrician said that he should be on insulin. What is your opinion? (21 Jan 2008)
  120. At the hospital for an illness, my son's blood sugar was 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L]. He hadn't eaten, but had juice three hours earlier. Should I have him checked for diabetes? (21 Jan 2008)
  121. My daughter's blood sugar was 160 mg/dl [8.8 mmol/L], not diabetes according to the doctor. I thought anything over 140 mg/dl [7.7 mmol/L] means diabetes. Is my daughter in the early stages or honeymoon phase? (16 Jan 2008)
  122. After some blood work, my doctor's office had me get a glucometer. My pre-meal readings are low, but post-meal reading are elevated. Is this diabetes? (14 Jan 2008)
  123. While being tested for mononucleosis, my daughter's blood sugar was 48 mg/dl [2.7 mmol/L] despite breakfast and Gatorade. Should I be concerned at this point? (13 Jan 2008)
  124. My mom checked my son's blood sugars because he was curious. Her fasting results were 160 mg/dl [8.9 mmol/L] and 152 mg/dl [8.4 mmol/L]. Should I be concerned? (10 Jan 2008)
  125. Since my young son's insulin needs have fluctuated wildly recently, is it possible he was misdiagnosed? Could he have another form of diabetes? What should we do? (10 Jan 2008)
  126. My toddler's sores take a long time to heal. His fasting blood sugar was 128 mg/dl [7.1 mmol/L] per his dad's meter. Is something about which I should be concerned? (8 Jan 2008)
  127. Recently, my daughter had what I felt was a high fasting blood sugar. Several additional tests were also somewhat high. Could this be early diabetes? (1 Jan 2008)

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