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Question:

From Seattle, Washinton, USA:

My 11 year old son -- type 1 for 4 years -- is having trouble concentrating at school. His blood glucose levels have been fluctuating wildly (40-500) and making it through the day without mood swings and behavioral conflicts is a major accomplishment. Is this part of the disease or should it be treated as a separate issue?

Answer:

Ideally, your son would have access to a counselor on his diabetes team who could assess his behaviors up close and personal. If this is not your situation, consider asking your son's physician about a referral to a psychological clinician with diabetes experience in the Seattle area.

Entry into puberty is often a time of fluctuating blood sugars as well as mood changes. Your child may be ready for a growth spurt as well. It is an ideal time to reassess diet, activity, medications, and the level of psychosocial support needed!

CMB

Original posting 23 Dec 1998
Posted to Daily Care and Puberty

  
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