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Question:

From Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA:

What is the protocol for screening children if there is a family history of diabetes? In other words, how often should they get a finger stick? Or what would be a useful screening protocol?

Answer:

As far as screening for diabetes, if a family member shows symptoms, then I would suggest to check urine glucose and blood glucose (to prevent the spread of infection, only do this if you have a meter that does not require cleaning, and be sure to use a new lancet), and to contact your doctor with the results and concerns.

Please see previous letters and information at this website about studies (such as the DPT-1) concerning detecting and preventing diabetes in those at high risk.

LM

Original posting 7 Mar 1998
Revised 9 Mar 1998
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention and Diagnosis and Symptoms

  
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