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From Oxford, Michigan, USA:

I am 13 years old, and while I do not have diabetes, for the past week I have been urinating frequently, have lost 13 pounds, and I'm hungry and thirsty. I have to go at least twice in an hour, and at night I wake up one to three times to use the bathroom. II drink over three times as much water as I used to (around 30 glasses a day), and I cannot seem to keep food up. I have a family history of typeá2 diabetes, but no typeá1, and since I am not overweight, I do not understand how I could get type 2. My mother dismissed my idea, saying I was being dramatic because I have been sick for the past month with the flu and colds so she says it's just the flu. Should I be more persistent? Should I ask to be tested for diabetes?


Fortunately, most folks with your symptoms do not have diabetes. Regardless, your symptoms are very suggestive of diabetes, and I think you should be checked. At age 13, you should feel comfortable in calling your family doctor and relaying your concerns and symptoms.

My guess is that she/he would agree that testing your blood glucose and urine would be very inexpensive and very informative. They likely will be very willing to call your parent(s) and arrange for a quick visit to do the testing. Increased thirst, increased urination, and weight loss are rather classic symptoms of diabetes mellitus so this should be screened for without delay!


Original posting 21 Mar 2002
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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