13 year old got diagnosed with diabetes.

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2014 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Today we took my daughter to the doctors because she would eat to much and then not eat at all. We are on vacation so it is extra hard. My daughter got diagnosed with diabetes. She learned how to do her own insulin and we believe she can do it but I was wondering what stuff would be acceptable to eat? Need help.

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Jodi - posted on 03/12/2014

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It's fishy because no mother in their right mind would accept a diagnosis from a doctor without the adequate tests AND accept a prescription for insulin (which can KILL a person if not used properly) without the appropriate tests being done. I don't care WHAT country you are in. It's not like you are in a third world country. UK doctors don't do things THAT differently. They aren't going to diagnose (I think the word you used was "probably" after I initially questioned you) diabetes without the required tests. And any mother in her right mind would question that.

So yes, there is something not right about your question.

So I'm going to put it out there......what was her blood sugar level tested at? See if you can convince me.

Gena - posted on 03/11/2014

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Why would the doctor show her how to use insulin if she isnt even diagnosed with diabetes.I agree theres something fishy to this whole story.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/11/2014

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A diabetic diagnosis requires more than just one visit to one gp. There are a series of tests that must be completed, blood work that must be done, etc. And, it's highly doubtful that a doctor will actually give you insulin, and then tell you not to use it without first recommending dietary changes, etc.

Something's fishy in Denmark...

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2014

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Well there is no updates on there so I guess that they haven't checked it in a while, plus the review was written about 13 hours ago so they are probably to busy lying to check. Yes really. I am in The UK

Jodi - posted on 03/11/2014

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Really? A doctor with a website that leaves the bad reviews on there? Where in Europe are you that they do that?

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2014

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You know what I noticed that the doctors we went to have bad reviews and they said they lie in the reviews on their website. I am with you now that they are wrong and I to don't believe what they said. Do you suggest still checking out with her real doctors at home to see what it is?

Jodi - posted on 03/11/2014

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They would never have prescribed it without an actual diagnosis. They told you "probably". That is NOT a diagnosis. That is not training on using insulin. That is not enough to even give you a prescription for insulin. That is lack of duty of care.
I'm just putting it out there that I don't believe a word of it.

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2014

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They said not to use the insulin until our doctors at home say so but they should her how to use it just in case.

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2014

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I'm sorry, the doctor said it was "probably" diabetes, but proceeded to give you a prescription for insulin? I don't think so. I don't think the doctors are THAT different in Europe. I'm pretty sure they still have an obligation to do the appropriate testing before issuing treatment.

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2014

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Sorry for not sharing all the details, I also dumb to not do that. First she was really tired which was not normal. Second of all we are in Europe and their doctors are different. Thirdly she does not use her insulin yet because we are going to check her doctors at home when we go back. I don't mean totally she will use insulin on her own we just believe that she can do it if she has to and we aren't there( sleepover, camp, etc) of course she will have to learn more. The doctors there said it is probably diabetes but spoke to much we didn't have time to ask what foods to give her all they said food wise is just until her normal doctor gives her a heads up that it is diabetes she should eat diabetic so she can be on the safe side. Thanks for the website! I checked it out and it is totally helpful!

Jodi - posted on 03/09/2014

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Uh, they don't diagnose diabetes that quickly. It takes more than a single day. I also find it hard to believe that you'd be in and out of a doctor in a day and your daughter would already know how to do her own insulin. This sounds a little odd to me. It is also an odd symptom, certainly not typical of Type 1 diabetes. Normally, you'd be seeing other symptoms, such as excessive thirst, weight loss, and tiredness. You would also have had to have a fasting blood test, which you would not have been able to have done today. And probably a glucose tolerance test, which again, you would not have the results of today, so giving you a prescription for insulin is probably a little preemptive, as they won't know what dosage. Also, believe me, a teen with diabetes should not be managing their insulin themselves - at this age, hormones can really have a major effect on their blood sugar and it needs to be managed by an adult. The fact that you claim your daughter was only diagnosed today and yet you are okay with her managing it on her own speaks volumes.

Having said that your doctor should also have given you a list of foods she may or may not eat. Google Type 1 diabetes diets. The very fact you haven't addressed her diet and yet are claiming she can manage her own insulin is a red flag on its own.
https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Living-with-Diabetes/Eating-Well/

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