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From Cleveland, Texas, USA:

My six-year-old son is bipolar and diabetic, both diagnosed less than two years ago. The doctors said we actually found out about the diabetes because his bipolar medication is what cause him to go into a diabetic coma. Yesterday, he had a "episode" with his play therapist and they have hospitalized him. The doctors are now saying his bipolar medications are not working because he has been running high sugars due to a stomach virus last week. Is this possible?

Answer:

Diabetes does not have much to do with bipolar disease but some bipolar medications can cause glucose intolerance. So, it is possible that these medications helped make the diabetes show up. But if he was unlucky enough to be genetically predisposed to both conditions, it is usually the genetic make-up and not one or the other that is causative. Also, while having blood glucose levels that are out of control can certainly contribute to not feeling so well emotionally, it is not likely that this causes his medications to not work. I would suggest that you go back and have a planned conference and consultation with the diabetes team and the psychiatric team together to answer questions and help plan his treatment.

SB

DTQ-20080429150657
Original posting 30 Apr 2008
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention and Hyperglycemia and DKA

  
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