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From Georgia, USA:

My brother has some symptoms of diabetes -- he is always hungry, thirsty, and he uses the restroom a lot too. He is six years old and weighs 50 pounds. Is he overweight? Should we get him tested for diabetes? I (his sister) have diabetes, and I have tried testing his blood sugar, but he won't let me or anyone else even come close to him with my machine. He eats a snack at night before bed around 9:00 pm and goes to sleep around 9:30 pm. Should I check his blood then? (The snack is usually only a cup of cereal or something.)


Congratulations on being such a wonderful big sister. Perhaps you can convince your brother to have a finger poke to test his blood sugar. He might agree if you offer him something in return like playing a game or taking a walk to the park.

You told me he weighs 50 pounds, but I need to know how tall he is to figure out if he is overweight. Usually, people lose weight when they are getting type 1 diabetes. Another idea is to test his urine for glucose or ketones. Do you have urine test strips at home for when you get sick?

Tell a parent or trusted grown up about your concerns. They should help get your brother to the doctor to get him tested for the symptoms you've described.


Original posting 18 Nov 2000
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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