My son is almost 12 and is using an omnipod. It seems lately that no matter what we do to correct his high blood sugar numbers, they just don’t go down. I am working on getting him to be more active since he loves to read, but even when he has been active it still is not going down. Would a low carb diet work for this? He is eating alot now too, so I hate to reduce his food intake. Is it just a matter of giving more insulin and testing more often? Any input with how to deal with the high BGs and puberty would help. thank you
I can’t speak from personal experience but I know a member of my support group had a similar issue when her son was goin through puberty. She said his basal went from less than 10 units to almost 30! May be something to mention to his endo…
We have 2 on the OmniPod, and have had similar experiences with our younger son (13). You should definitely talk with your endo about increasing his insulin intake. One other problem we were having was that he was forgetting to test, and then only bolusing for his food, or forgetting to bolus. I now am supervising every meal until his numbers come back to a more acceptable level.
I know both of my kids have told me that they don’t really feel like being active when they have high BG’s.
We have been going through this ourselves in the last year or so as well… His basal rates have also increased sharply and I have to say we still get a lot of highs too …I dont have any real solid advice except to also talk to your dr about what possible changes to make… They say puberty is a challenging time -so hang in there !
This happened to my son, who was 15 when diagnosed, at times. It seemed that once he was over 250 or so, it took a lot of insulin to bring him down. He became very insulin resistant.
We found the best thing was to take him to a big box store, buy him a bottle of water and stroll around the store looking at the electronic gadgets, games and car parts. He enjoyed this more than walking the neighborhood with his Dad or I which he said was way too embarrassing, especially with us carrying a bag with his tester, glucagon pen, cookies, etc just in case the insulin suddenly kicked in!
The easy walking always brought him down whereas street sports with friends seemed to make him higher due to the neverending competition at that age.
Hormones play havock. Seems very hard to find the “good zone” for my son and as soon as we do… he changes. My son is 17 and was diagnosed at 15. So haven’t seen what it is like w/out crazy hormone issues. Plus just boy issues too…lol My
my son’s Endo says she will be happy if she can keep him in the 150-200 range during this time. I would say he has been more like the 40 to 400 range! Sometimes he seems fine for a few weeks on one setting then all of a sudden for now apparent reason…boom… a low or pow. some huge highs…
Puberty without question is a challenge. One thought is to make sure that your son is rotating his sites on a regular basis. Our daughter was not rotating enough and her endo described her stomach as “poofy”. We have seen much better absorption since she has been more diligent about site rotation and it certainly has helped the BGs
Thank you everyone…we have a dr. appt in Aug. and I will certainly have more info to walk into the appt. with now. It looks like this is not just for a couple years…all the way through teen years?