advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From St. Peters, Missouri, USA:

My 15 year old son's (diagnosed about 29 months ago) last hemoglobin A1c was very high (10.2 5). It has slowly been increasing, and I'm sure it's because the newness of the pump has worn off and his first year of high school. His doctor mentioned he will do a cholesterol at the next visit because the one my son had over a year ago was 179 mg/dl. What is a safe level of cholesterol intake for my 15 year old son? I need to be more educated on this, particularly about the cholesterol in foods and how much he should have each day.

Answer:

Cholesterol comes not only from the foods eaten, such as eggs and liver, but also by what the body produces. If there is a family history of high cholesterol, your son may also have higher levels than normal. In addition, cholesterol levels often increase as blood glucoses go higher.

It is probably best to work on getting better control of the diabetes. It it sounds as though a refresher course in diabetes care and getting in better control is warranted. A cholesterol of 179 mg/dl is only slightly higher than the upper limit of desirable (170 mg/dl) for children and adolescents. I would suggest that you see what his current level is and then enlist the help of a dietitian, if necessary.

LSF

DTQ-20020709171107
Original posting 20 Aug 2002
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:38
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.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.