From Minnesota, USA:
Our 5 year old son has IDDM. He was diagnosed July 1, 1996 [7 months ago]. I read in What's New about treatable Type 1 diabetes associated illnesses and have a concern that our son may have Graves' Disease. He is 49 inches tall and weighs 49 pounds. He generally has a low appetite but will eat his recommended carbs without difficulty. He always feels hot. In early fall we switched to Humalog and wrote about his heart palpitations. I do not see an enlarged thyroid but the glands to his throat are very very enlarged. Our endocrinologist commented on this in our last exam.
Do you think our son may be 1 of the 100 individuals with IDDM are afflicted with Graves' disease? Would you please help us understand what the oral treatment and TSH assay involve? Are they painful? Where could we find more information?
If there is any question your child has Graves' disease (an overactive thyroid), you should speak to his doctor about having his thyroid function tested with a blood test (many pediatric endocrinologists recommend checking thyroid function once a year in children with diabetes anyway).
If your child is diagnosed with an overactive thyroid, you should sit down with his physician and discuss the different treatment options with his doctor. An overactive thyroid can make diabetes control very difficult and should be diagnosed and treated if present.
[Editor's comment: TSH testing consists of simply a blood sample obtained from a vein into a glass tube, like many other blood tests. If a TSH is obtained, the doctor may well want to check other thyroid tests at the same time, and perhaps other tests as well; all the tests can probably be obtained in one tube of blood.
We have answered other questions about thyroid disease previously.
Original posting 16 Jan 97
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:52
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.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.