From Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom:
My almost eight-year-old daughter is very thirsty and extremely itchy at night. Recently, she has had frequent headaches and a stomachache with vomiting and diarrhea. She seems tired and pale, but sometimes looks very red and is sweating around her face and head. She had a urine test on Thursday that was normal. I am concerned because there is type 1 diabetes in my family. Should I take her back for a blood test or would the urine test show any anomalies?
Urine testing is a pretty good screen for diabetes, but not the best. The best screen for diabetes is a fasting blood sugar or, even better, a two hour oral glucose tolerance test. Both of these tests are commonly done by almost any laboratory and well tolerated by children. I would suggest that you talk with your physician about your concerns. They can direct you to any further appropriate testing.
Original posting 17 Feb 2009
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:18
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