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Sat Apr 23 12:19:54 UTC 2011

I need more information for my daughter that is overweight and diabetes.
Asked By: jenni90  

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My daughter is 13. 5'4" and weighs 245lbs. She lost alot of weight last summer but all she normally had daily was special k fruit and water. That's it! She lost 20 lbs. Now since we moved she is back up to where she was. We took her to several hopitals bout her weight and Shriners said she had the slowest metabolism they have seen! I took her to the doctor last month and they gave her phentarimine and she said she is fine the way she is. She used to take oral meds for diabetes. We are keeping track of her blood surgar for 2 weeks without and are reporting bk to doctor. She plays softball. (We have always kept her as active as possible) but she complains about her ankles hurting and her shoulders and hands. This really scares me. I don't know what to look for that can be dangerous for her. The doctor said it was just her weight not from her diabetes. She also wears hearing aids. She lost her hearing around 3 and they did several tests but never could figure out why. Looked normal.
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2011-04-28 08:02:12.0

You are right to be concerned, but you can address all of these problems with the proper help. You do need to monitor you daughters' blood sugars regularly, and she may need medication if her blood sugars are too high. If you have not seen an Endocrinologist about her diabetes and metabolism issues, I would also suggest a consult if possible. The more answers you seek, the more help you will find. It may just be finding a health care team that can give you some concrete guidance. Be patient and continue asking questions. The internet is a good resource to find experts in their field that can work with you and your daughter. If you find a dietician or CDE that you can work with consistantly, that would be good. Keep asking, the answers are out there!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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