Posted by: Chris | 2009-02-17


Diabetic girl approaching puberty

I have a 11 year old daughter with type 1 diabetes since she was 6.She injects herself with insulin 4 times a day.She has always controlled her blood sugar levels very well.She' s quite active and otherwise quite healthy.Recently her blood sugar levels are very high and it would appear to be with the onset of puberty.Even though very high she otherwise seems fine and does not complain about anything.I am very concerned about her high sugar.What advice can you give me about diabetic girls and puberty and their treatment.

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

During puberty children can develop insulin resistance due to all the other hormones that are secreted. This necessitates more insulin as the glucose readings may be higher. The way to handle it is to uptitrate her insulin according to her needs - please discuss this with her treating doctor.

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