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Dr. Kathleen E. Bethin, MD

Endocronologist (Pediatric)

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24 years Experience
Dr. Kathleen E. Bethin, MD
  • Buffalo, NY
  • University At Buffalo SUNY School Of Med and Biomedical Sciences Buffalo Ny
  • Accepting new patients

Can a low carb diet help in controlling an overactive thyroid?

There is no published research that a low-carb diet will control an overactive thyroid. However, there are medications to treat an overactive thyroid.

Can juvinile diabetes be reversed?

At this time, there is no cure for juvenile diabetes. However, I anticipate that in your daughter's lifetime there will be a cure.

My son is 16 years old but his voice has still not changed. What could be wrong?

Your son could be a late bloomer (delayed puberty). This can be normal. However, if he hasn't started any puberty, he should be evaluated.

Why is my daughter having irregular periods?

It is normal to have irregular periods during the first 2 years of the periods starting. If it is more than 2 years since she started, she should be evaluated further by a endocrinologist READ MORE
It is normal to have irregular periods during the first 2 years of the periods starting. If it is more than 2 years since she started, she should be evaluated further by a endocrinologist or a gynecologist.

At what age should kids be checked for diabetes?

If your daughter is overweight, this would be a good age to screen her for type 2 diabetes.

How should we help our son lose weight?

Children should drink about 3 glasses of milk per day. Everything else should be water. Appropriate serving size for your child is the size of his fist. 1 serving protein: meat, READ MORE
Children should drink about 3 glasses of milk per day. Everything else should be water. Appropriate serving size for your child is the size of his fist. 1 serving protein: meat, 1 serving carbohydrates and then 2 servings of vegetables would be ideal - please see choosemyplate.gov. Also, he should get 1 hour of exercise everyday in addition to gym class.

Can steroids impact the height of my son?

Yes it is possible that steroids are impacting his height. Please do not stop the steroids without discussing with the doctor who prescribed the steroids.

Is it normal for children to drink more water than adults?

This could be normal, especially if your son is very active in sports. If he wakes up at night to drink, wets the bed, or gets up a lot at night to urinate, he could be showing READ MORE
This could be normal, especially if your son is very active in sports. If he wakes up at night to drink, wets the bed, or gets up a lot at night to urinate, he could be showing signs of diabetes or an inability to concentrate his urine.

What are the symptoms of juvenile diabetes?

Typical symptoms of diabetes are drinking more, urinating more, getting up at night to urinate, wetting the bed and/or weight loss. Any of these symptoms does not mean your child READ MORE
Typical symptoms of diabetes are drinking more, urinating more, getting up at night to urinate, wetting the bed and/or weight loss. Any of these symptoms does not mean your child has diabetes but it means he should be seen by a healthcare professional.

How can I help my son grow to his potential?

Growth hormone is mostly secreted during deep sleep. Make sure your son is getting 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Also make sure that he is eating a well-balanced diet. No, READ MORE
Growth hormone is mostly secreted during deep sleep. Make sure your son is getting 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Also make sure that he is eating a well-balanced diet. No, I do not recommend supplements.

What are the complications associated with juvenile diabetes?

The closer you can keep your son's blood sugars to normal the less likely he will have complications. Please remember both low and high blood sugars can cause problems, so you READ MORE
The closer you can keep your son's blood sugars to normal the less likely he will have complications. Please remember both low and high blood sugars can cause problems, so you need to work closely with his diabetes care provider to take the best care of your son. Almost any organ can have problems due to diabetes, but we know that the risk of complications go down the closer you can keep the blood sugars to normal. the other thing to prevent complications is to get regular diabetic eye exam. Your provider will also start screening for protein in the urine and high cholesterol in the blood at some point in the future.

My son's voice is very high-pitched and he finds it socially embarrassing. Is there anything we can do?

It sounds like this may be a temporary situation related to changes during puberty. You could ask his physician to check him out to make sure it is just a temporary puberty issue. READ MORE
It sounds like this may be a temporary situation related to changes during puberty. You could ask his physician to check him out to make sure it is just a temporary puberty issue.

My son had low blood sugar during exams. Should I get any testing done for him?

Unless your son has diabetes, someone with a low blood sugar needs an evaluation to figure out why the blood sugar was low. Please make an appointment with his primary care provider. READ MORE
Unless your son has diabetes, someone with a low blood sugar needs an evaluation to figure out why the blood sugar was low. Please make an appointment with his primary care provider.

My son is putting on weight around his hips. Is it a hormonal issue?

It could be hormonal. Or, it could be that your son needs to be reminded of a healthy lifestyle (healthy eating, portion control and exercise).

My daughter is losing her appetite. Is this connected to a thyroid imbalance?

You did not tell me how old your daughter is. Often teenagers do not eat breakfast because they would rather sleep a little longer. This is not healthy and I tell all of my patients READ MORE
You did not tell me how old your daughter is. Often teenagers do not eat breakfast because they would rather sleep a little longer. This is not healthy and I tell all of my patients that they should be eating breakfast. However, it is also a normal thing for teenagers to do. You should have her meet with her primary care provider to see if there is anything going on.

Are there really growth supplements my son can take to be taller?

In children who meet specific criteria, growth hormone will help them grow taller. However, growth hormone must be prescribed by a physician and not all short children qualify. READ MORE
In children who meet specific criteria, growth hormone will help them grow taller. However, growth hormone must be prescribed by a physician and not all short children qualify. There are no other growth supplements that work, no matter what you read on the internet.

My daughter is extremely short for her age. What should I do?

Make sure that your daughter is getting plenty of sleep (8-10 hours per night). Growth hormone is produced mainly during deep sleep. Also, make sure she is eating a balanced READ MORE
Make sure that your daughter is getting plenty of sleep (8-10 hours per night). Growth hormone is produced mainly during deep sleep. Also, make sure she is eating a balanced diet. Also, ask her primary care provider to do an evaluation and possibly refer her to a pediatric endocrinologist.

My son is suddenly gaining a lot of weight. Could it be a hormonal issue?

It could be hormonal, but is more likely that your son needs to be more careful in what he eats and be encouraged to exercise one hour per day, everyday. He should only be drinking READ MORE
It could be hormonal, but is more likely that your son needs to be more careful in what he eats and be encouraged to exercise one hour per day, everyday. He should only be drinking water and no more than 3 glasses of milk per day. You should request a referral to a dietician.

Can juvenile diabetes be treated?

Hopefully, we will find a cure in your son's lifetime. Until then, it is a lifelong disease. We definitely are developing better and better ways to treat/manage diabetes. We also READ MORE
Hopefully, we will find a cure in your son's lifetime. Until then, it is a lifelong disease. We definitely are developing better and better ways to treat/manage diabetes. We also think we are closer to a cure.

My daughter just started her periods and has extreme mood swings. Is it normal in children?

Yes, it can be normal. However, you may wish to have your daughter seen by her primary care provider to make sure that there isn't something else going on that she would not want READ MORE
Yes, it can be normal. However, you may wish to have your daughter seen by her primary care provider to make sure that there isn't something else going on that she would not want to talk to you about.