The endocrinologist indicated that my adolescent son will probably be no taller than 165 cm (5 feet, 4 inches). I heard that blood glucose control is more difficult when on growth hormones. Should we pursue the hormones? Are there other side effects?

From: Isfahan, Iran

My 12-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of three. Today, I met with his endocrinologist who said that he would be as tall as almost 160 to 165 cm (5 feet, 3 inches to 5 feet, 4 inches), probably closer to 160 cm (5 feet, 3 inches), but she said she does not recommend usage of growth hormones because these medicines can make blood glocose control hard. I'm not sure how hard it can be. Is it impossible or just hard? Do these medicines have any other harmful side effects or not? Would you recommend that we pursue the hormones or just accept that he will probably be around 160 cm (5 feet, 3 inches)?

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