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Sun Aug 26 11:58:46 UTC 2012

Is there any link to diabetes type 1 occuring shortly (one month) after having a surgery with anethesia IV sedation.
Asked By: diabeticfather  

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My son recently had an oral surgery procedure performed that rquired an IV sedation of anethesia. Four weeks later he has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Blood sugar was extremely high and large keytones were present in his urine. About two weeks after the oral surgery was performed is when we started noticing the more than normal drinking of fluids, more frequent bathroom trips, being tired, and a loss of weight - all symptoms of diabetes. The only change in recent activities that I can come up with is the oral surgery with ansthesia. My son is 11 and has always been active and healthy. He plays in many sports activities. Another lady I work with has a grandson that acquired type 1 diabetes years back. It occured when he was age 14 and he had recently had a surgery involving anethesia before being diagnosed with diabetes. The similarities of the events that occured in these two kids lives and the detection of diabetes type 1 in both leads to question the anethesia. Thankyou
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2012-08-28 20:31:17.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

You are wondering what causes type 1 diabetes. The causes are complex and not completely understood.

Several genes have been associated with the development of type 1 diabetes. It is believed that while someone may have a genetic predisposition for developing the disease, an environmental trigger or series of triggers (such as virus, toxin, drug) set off the autoimmune process that destroys insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. The combination of surgery-anesthesia may possible be that environmental trigger for your son. For others, the environmental trigger could be something else.

We do know for sure that there is treatment for diabetes. Many people have successfully managed their blood glucose and have long and happy lives with diabetes.

Read about type 1 causes!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2013-05-30 12:49:59.0

Yes, having high blood sugar after surgery is pretty common. Your body gets stressed and releases cortisol which raises blood sugar. Prolonged stress=prolonged cortisol release. Keep your son on a low carb diet(nothing extreme- just not high carb) replace his regular milk with almond or coconut milk. When he goes low give him a half banana instead of staright sugar. Keep his potassium levels normal and his cortisol levels low to normal. Make sure he gets adequate magnesium- research "Natural Calm" Fight his diabetes- never give up. My daughter was diagnosed in 2000 at age 5 and I've learned alot since then.
Answered By: janeeg

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