From Columbus, Ohio, USA:
I am concerned about a teen who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Can it be induced? I am concerned about Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. The girl was in perfect health and there was no family history of the disease. Two weeks ago, the girl was in perfect health, then went on a two week vacation and was diagnosed with diabetes. Her younger sibling intermittently vomits for days to weeks and the diagnosis befuddles experts at hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. Many friends have had questions about the younger child; now this. What are we to think?
There are some pretty good tests for type 1 diabetes, for antibodies (ICA, IAA, GAD-65, etc.) You can read about them at our page What is Type 1 Diabetes?
One can give poisons to destroy the pancreas, but it would take access to laboratory chemicals to do that and I find it hard to believe someone could or would. The lethal dose is close to the effective dose and many laboratory mice and rats have paid the price. Otherwise, the way the usual case is presented is low glucose caused by injected insulin. Again, this is easy for a doctor to spot with easy laboratory tests if it is thought about.
[Editor's comment: You may wish to review the Symptoms of Diabetes on our site. Some of the symptoms may not be easy to observe unless in the presence of the affected person many hours of the day. BH]
Original posting 8 Sep 2007
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:12
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. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.