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Question:

From Ontario, Canada:

My friend's six year old son (who lives in Latin America) had a blood glucose reading of 167 mg/dl [9.3 mmol/L], and the doctors want to do a glucose tolerance test. However, my friend had been told that his son could fall into a diabetic coma during the test. Does this blood sugar mean the child has diabetes? How risky is the glucose tolerance test?

Answer:

The glucose tolerance test is not dangerous -- it simply tests the body's ability to move glucose from the bloodstream into the tissues. It will not cause DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis].

A glucose reading of 167 mg/dl [9.3 mmol/L] is not high enough to be diagnostic of diabetes in a six year old child unless it's a fasting value. Even then, I would not rely on this without a strong history of drinking excessively and passing far more urine than normal.

KJR

DTQ-20010803173305
Original posting 24 Aug 2001
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms

  
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