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A 37-year-old member asked:

are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of child with diabetes?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes, there are but..: ...Usually not necessary in most cases of type 1 diabetes. Most of affected children are diagnosed in diabetic ketoacidosis or are showing characteristic symptoms such as weight loss or frequent drinking/urination. Type 2 diabetes in children is usually associated with obesity and Insulin resistance. Elevated fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c levels confirm the suspicion.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: There are blood tests that can measure the body's handling of blood suger and the relationship to Insulin and other metabolism that show the symptoms. If done, these tests are 100%accurate. Check with your doctor.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Yes: Generally, if this is type 1 diabetes, a test called the hba1c can confirm the diagnosis as it determines if there's been a chronic elevation in blood sugar. In children, the presence of sugar and ketones in the urine are also tell-tale.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics 28 years experience
plus pancreatic antibodies confirm if it is type 1 diabetes
Mar 11, 2012

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When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

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When it's a problem.: Some anxiety (shyness) with strangers is normal and good. You want your child to be cautious with strangers. Honor the child's discomfort with anyone being too intimate. But if the anxiety is causing problems or distress in the child's life, talk to a professional as soon as possible to help decide what needs to be done. The sooner the issue is addressed, the easier it is to resolve.
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Should I forgo western medicine and try chinese herbal medicine to treat my diabetes?

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No: I am a medical doctor a would have to say no. All the studies i know about tell me that western medicine works for diabetes. I don't know anything about chinese herbal medicine.

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