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From Sugar Land, Texas, USA:

My 11-year-old niece has type 1 diabetes. With the help of her mom, she has good control, but occasionally goes high. Her A1c is 6.9. She is always thirsty and keeps a water bottle with her at all times. Does this mean she is always mildly dehydrated? Also, I thought that if she had good control of her sugar levels, she would not be thirsty all the time. Could you please explain what is happening?


I agree with you that if she had good control of her sugar levels, as it looks like with a A1c of 6.9%, she would not be thirsty all the time especially if she doesn't void urine a lot. In fact, I think her thirst is probably not linked to diabetes nor apparently to dehydration, but perhaps to anxiety. Your niece's pediatrician should be able to help with this.


Original posting 27 Jun 2007
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