Back to Parent' Voices Kristin Suchy

My son, Nathan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 10 months of age. I would like to encourage parents who have a family history of diabetes to be on the lookout for the following signs of diabetes onset:

Don't let any doctor convince you that it is impossible for a child so young to have diabetes. It is possible. When Nathan's doctor sent out his bloodwork to the lab, it came back with a blood sugar level of 661. Thank goodness I had him checked out.

I just wanted everyone to know that there is never an age where children are "too young" to develop diabetes. Nathan is doing great now, and we are developing habits which will help him control his diabetes throughout his lifetime.

Anyone who wants to email me about their child can do so at I would love to hear from some other parents in my situation.

Published June 4, 2000

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