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    How would a person know if you should have your child tested for diabetes or if they already have it?

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    Symptoms in children are similar to those in adults and include thirst, weight loss, tiredness or fatigue, frequent urination, some additional symptoms in children include stomach pains, headaches and behavior problems. If your child has developed these signs and they continue for weeks I would consider having them tested, even if it doesn't turn out to be diabetes, at least you have piece of mind. 90-95% of diabetic children under the age of 16 are Type 1 and usually require insulin, so the sooner you diagnosis it the better a handle you can get on the disease.

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    • #3
      What if your child has exhibited some of these symptoms for a couple years, but their sugars have been tested periodically? Is this a sign that it may come later?

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      • #4
        I would make sure your child has had all the different tests for diabetes, not just a finger stick blood glucose test. He or she should have had a fasting glucose test, a urine test for ketones and a HbA1c test, some of these may show positive and some negative, but if there is a higher likelihood for the future if any are positive, but does not mean they have diabetes currently. They also have a higher chance if there is any family history. I would continue to periodically have these tests done so if he or she does develop diabetes it will be caught early, it wouldn't hurt to get an endocrinologist opinion either.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by stish View Post
          I would make sure your child has had all the different tests for diabetes, not just a finger stick blood glucose test. He or she should have had a fasting glucose test, a urine test for ketones and a HbA1c test, some of these may show positive and some negative, but if there is a higher likelihood for the future if any are positive, but does not mean they have diabetes currently. They also have a higher chance if there is any family history. I would continue to periodically have these tests done so if he or she does develop diabetes it will be caught early, it wouldn't hurt to get an endocrinologist opinion either.
          Thanks for your reply, the only tests that have been done so far are the fingerstick and the urine test. These other tests that you mentioned, I will definitely look into.

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          • #6
            So just doing the finger stick and testing the glucose wouldn't tell you if they have some form of diabetes?

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            • #7
              Hi, I have often thought my neice was diabetic because I could not believe the way she wa so thirsty. I was not sure of the other signs for this illness and I did recommend to my sis to have her tested and she did. My neice did not have the disease and we were extremely happy about this.

              Diabetes runs strong in our family.

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              • #8
                bra, it is good that you had her tested, even though she came out in the clear. This disease is so hard on children that you wouldn't want to miss it if it were really the case that she had it.

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                • #9
                  Another factor to keep in mind is the heredity factor. If there is a family history of diabetes, you may want to have your kids tested periodically.

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                  • #10
                    In Type 1 diabetes, the non-preventable kind most common in kids with diabetes, you can have antibodies that will show up on a blood test years before symptoms ever appear. There are studies that will test siblings or offspring of Type 1 diabetics at no charge to see if they have these high risk antibodies. Having antibodies does not mean that they will develop Type 1 diabetes 100%, just that they are at a very high risk.

                    There are also genetic tests that can see if your child falls into the high risk category. Right now, since we cannot prevent Type 1 diabetes, all these tests can do is make sure the parent watches out for the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in their child. Some parents do not like knowing that their child is at risk and there is nothing as of yet that can be done.

                    Usually A1c's are not extremely elevated in Type 1 diabetes, since it usually appears quite quickly. In most cases, Type 1 diabetes is caught so late and the blood sugar is so high that it is diagnosed using 1 random blood glucose. People with suspected Type 1 diabetes should *never* have a oral glucose tolerance test if they have an elevated blood sugar, because it may put them into a dangerously high blood sugar range and/or coma. Most doctors know this.

                    Another test that can be done is a c-peptide test. A c-peptide test that decreases in a short period of time along with increasing blood sugar is a good sign that the person is developing Type 1 diabetes.

                    Children with Type 2 diabetes (the kind related to obesity) *will* often have an elevated A1c. They also will have an abnormal glucose tolerance result. Sometimes is it can be caught at an early level, where it is called "impaired" glucose tolerance. Weight loss, exercise, and diet changes need to be made to prevent "full blown" Type 2 diabetes in these kids.

                    I also want to add that a family history of Type 2 diabetes does not lead to an increased chance of a child getting Type 1 diabetes, as they have different genes involved. Type 1 diabetes is the severe non-preventable kind that usually is first diagnosed in childhood. Type 2 diabetes is often linked to obesity and poor diet. In most cases, Type 2 diabetes is almost always preventable in kids in you keep them thin and active.

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                    • #11
                      Most of the symptoms for adult diabetes are similar to children diabetes.In rare cases the symptoms differ.It will be nice to check for at least two times a year for diabetes.

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                      • #12
                        Diabetes is a major health problem in the world. Obesity, and Smoking lead to problems controlling Insulin. The symptoms of adult diabetes, or type 2 diabetes can be detect. Symptoms like frequent urination or fatigue.

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