Elevated A1C Levels in a Child, HELP?

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MizPiggy31
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   Posted 1/5/2017 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

My son is 11 and is 70 pounds. He has had four A1C test and three have come back elevated in this order; 5.8, 6.1, 5.4 and 5.7. What does this mean? Is he pre-diabetic? Doctor is on a wait and see because he is not over weight but I am really concerned.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Lanie G
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   Posted 1/5/2017 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back, MizPiggy. I believe you had posted a year ago about your son's A1c tests being elevated at that time. So, now, after a year, the doctor is still on a "wait and see" plan?

If I were you, I would take him to an endocrinologist and make sure this specialist sees children. I do not have confidence in your son's doctor if nothing has been done after a year!

Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic's page on diabetes in children, which is type 1. I believe they don't refer to it as 'juvenile diabetes' anymore.

If you son were very overweight and had those elevated A1c results, I would say it points to type 2, but if you're saying he's 70 lbs, it seems like he is on the small side. Is he? If you read the Mayo site, do you see any familiar symptoms?

So, I do think you are right to be concerned about him and after doing nothing for one year, I think your doctor needs to be changed!

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes-in-children/basics/symptoms/con-20029197
Lanie
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MizPiggy31
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   Posted 1/5/2017 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Lanie. Yes, he is only 70 pounds. My issue with his doctors is that it is a practice where you see who is available even though we have a primary care with the practice. I have insurance where we don't need a referral to see a specialist so I am going to make him an appointment at Children's Hospital. Thank you so much for the information and responding.
Fibro, IgA Nephropathy and possible lupus diagnosis
Planqueil 200mg twice a day, Lisiniprol

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/5/2017 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Good, MizPiggy! Without trying to alarm you, I am just so shocked that the doctors that have seen him have not moved to pinpoint what's going on. You need some assurance that he's being evaluated correctly. So, make sure he gets in to see a pediatric endo. I have my fingers crossed. In the meantime, make sure he eats nutritious meals with protein and a variety of vegetables and that he stays away from food with sugar.

If you think his eyesight is not what it should be, please have that checked, too.

I have my fingers crossed for you. Please keep us updated!
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

MizPiggy31
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Date Joined Feb 2012
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 1/6/2017 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lanie,

I just got off the phone with my son's pediatrician. She is giving me a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist. She felt that since he was active, not overweight and his levels went back down that we were in the clear. Now that he has another elevated level she feels he needs to see specialist. I am going to call Monday to set up his appointment.

Thank you for help. I will keep you posted.
Fibro, IgA Nephropathy and possible lupus diagnosis
Planqueil 200mg twice a day, Lisiniprol

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5928
   Posted 1/6/2017 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Excellent news! Yes, please keep us updated! Better to see what's going on and you'll all rest better! Have a good weekend!
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating
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