advertisement
 

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

From North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA:

My son has been having early morning seizures when his blood sugars are between 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L] and 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L], very normal numbers. The doctors cannot determine a reason, and say although not hypoglycemic, they are diabetes related. Have you ever heard of this?

Answer:

I am not certain what is meant by "although the seizures not hypoglycemic, they are diabetes related."

Very commonly, ANY seizure, (related to idiopathic epilepsy, for example), is more likely to occur just before awakening and just when falling asleep. Our "threshold" to having a seizure is commonly lowest at those times. Many metabolic disturbances, including hypoglycemia, can lower the threshold to having a seizure (at any time of the day).

If your child's glucose levels are TRULY not low, as you describe (I assume you have checked the meter for coding and accuracy), then I would be very hard pressed to ascribe the seizures as being "diabetes related." A possibility does come to mind: perhaps he experiences a very rapid falling of his blood glucose in the time before awakening. Then, it might not be the absolute glucose value, but how fast it is going down. A continuous glucose sensor could help clear this up.

I think the child should be seen by a pediatric neurologist and evaluated for a concurrent seizure disorder, if this had not already been done.

DS

DTQ-20070926144148
Original posting 30 Sep 2007
Posted to Other

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

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.
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.