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is my son too young for type too

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 19, 2007
  • 10:02 PM

hi
my son is 7 years old and for the past couple of months his appetite has greatly increased he also awakes quite often at night being thirsty and has pins and needles in feet and sometimes hands he also has frequen bouts of hyperactivity and then somedays no energy at all he suffers alot of headaches too.his grandfather has type 2 diabetes so there is a family history although when i took him doctors with my concerns he didnt really seem that bothered and said he is too young for type 2 ,although i have read online that children can develope this...he not obese but could say he is a little on the chubby side ...does anyone have any advice for me please

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  • himy son is 7 years old and for the past couple of months his appetite has greatly increased he also awakes quite often at night being thirsty and has pins and needles in feet and sometimes hands he also has frequen bouts of hyperactivity and then somedays no energy at all he suffers alot of headaches too.his grandfather has type 2 diabetes so there is a family history although when i took him doctors with my concerns he didnt really seem that bothered and said he is too young for type 2 ,although i have read online that children can develope this...he not obese but could say he is a little on the chubby side ...does anyone have any advice for me pleaseforgrot too mention he also has frequent bouts of diarehh and tonsilitis(every month)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 10:04 PM
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  • Your son at age 7 isn't too young to become diabetic, but what you describe sounds like a bunch of illnesses for one little boy to have. If he's "a little chubby" at age 7, you might consider controlling his eating habits so he won't be a future diabetic, and with weight control maybe some of these other symptoms you describe might go away too. Good luck
    KathyB 2 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 03:40 AM
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  • My son is also 7 years old and has had similiar symptoms of headaches, hyperactivity after meals, and frequent urination at night. I'm a nurse and was not willing to just let it go, so I started taking his blood sugars at home. They were in the high 200's. Our doctor ruled out Type I by an Islet cell test and then diagnosed him with Typed II based on an alomost absent C-Peptide level in his Pancreas. Although it is not common, it is possible to have Type II Diabetes as a child. Get a second opinion from an Endocrinologist or ask for a C-Peptide test. My son is now doing well and is on a long acting Lantus insulin injection daily. The consequences of NOT treating this disease are too severe to just let it go.
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  • My son is also 7 years old and has had similiar symptoms of headaches, hyperactivity after meals, and frequent urination at night. I'm a nurse and was not willing to just let it go, so I started taking his blood sugars at home. They were in the high 200's. Our doctor ruled out Type I by an Islet cell test and then diagnosed him with Typed II based on an alomost absent C-Peptide level in his Pancreas. Although it is not common, it is possible to have Type II Diabetes as a child. Get a second opinion from an Endocrinologist or ask for a C-Peptide test. My son is now doing well and is on a long acting Lantus insulin injection daily. The consequences of NOT treating this disease are too severe to just let it go.==================I am confused here... only 60-80% of T1's are positive for the antibodies when tested. And an almost absent C-Peptide would mean your son was producing almost no insulin, which would be a very strong indicator of TYPE 1 diabetes. Further more they have your son on Lantus. Sounds to me like you are dealing with T1 myself. A T2 would have a very High C-peptide. Are you seeing a pediatric endo.? Is the Lantus keeping post-prandials in check? He may just be in the early phase of this disease.----------to the original poster, I would have some tests run on your son. I would also buy a meter and test your son fasting, before and 2 hours after meals and when symtomatic for a week and see what he is doing. He should be less than 100 fasting and below 140 2 hrs. following a meal. Should not be spiking over 200 also.
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