OK, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Feb of 2010. My son’s paternal grandmother was also a type 2 diabetic. So it’s on both sides of my son’s family tree.
From time to time, I’ve tested my 11-yo-son’s blood sugar and it was never anything really alarming–in the 110s or the 130s, and close enough after a meal that I could write it off as a post-meal spike. But he complains of not feeling good after meals, and then I tell him “go for a walk, you’ll feel better,” and he feels much better after he gets back. His diet is as high in carbs as the average American diet, although not particularly high in calories. He’s 4’9" tall and weighs 105 lbs, which puts him at a BMI of 22.7 and makes him “overweight” at the 92nd percentile for height. He was always a skinny kid until about age 9 and then without changing his diet or exercise AT ALL, started to gain weight in his stomach.
ANYWAY, getting to the point, I finally got a Bayer A1C meter and tested him and his home A1C was 7.3!
Which is super awful, obviously. I feel like I’ve been slapped repeatedly with a dead fish. I’ve expressed my concerns about my son to his pediatrician from time to time and been blown off with “Type 2 diabetes doesn’t happen until you’re in your twenties,” which is obviously BS. But he’s been our pediatrician for 10 years now. Should I immediately find another doctor? Give the doctor an ultimatum and the A1C results and then see what happens? Try to get my son in with the endocrinologist? Buy him a meter?