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Excessive Sugar Consumption in Adolescent with ADHD
ssplatz posted:
My 10 yr old nephew has been diagnosed with ADHD and I believe is taking Focalin. My brother is going through a divorce and has custody of my nephew... the mother has severe mental issues and is an alcoholic. My brother tries to cut the sugar in my nephew's diet and that seems to work... but when he visits his mother (4 hours only)... she fills him up with all kinds of junk food... to try to teach my brother a lesson in dealing with my nephew. Then he starts bouncing off the walls and twitches. Poor little guy.

My question is... would a blood glucose meter be benificial? Meaning... check his blood sugar prior to his visit with his mother and again afterwards.

Thanks for your help.
Patricia Quinn, MD responded:
How would a glucose meter help your nephew? I suggest that it would be better for your brother to discuss the connection of what he eats and how it affects his behavior with your nephew. He could then politely refuse what his mother offers or suggest that he would like something else to eat. If this doesn't work, it will be important to make sure that he gets some exercise and space as well as nutritious food after he returns from his visits with his mother.

Pat Quinn, MD

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