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Winning Over Diabetes during Childhood

Diabetes is one of the most common conditions affecting people worldwide. As a matter of fact most of us don’t get shocked anymore on hearing news about a colleague having the disease. With the trend of living that we are into now a day’s, it is to no wonder why lifestyle related conditions are affecting a lot of us.

While diabetes is common among adults, children can be affected too. Diabetes Type 1 is what the condition is called when a child is affected with diabetes. The condition happens when the child’s immune system destructs the body’s cells responsible for insulin production. This leads to inadequate amount of insulin in the body and the cardinal symptoms of diabetes then appears. 

Just like in adults, children who have type 1 diabetes have symptoms like extreme hunger, increased sense of thirst, extreme sense of hunger, and despite eating and drinking too much, the child losses weight. Managing the condition is very important because when unmanaged it can lead to multiple organ failure leading to death.

Upon seeing these symptoms to your children, see the doctor right away. The doctor would prescribe the child to be administered with insulin medications to help regulate blood sugar to normal levels. Normally treatment for type 1 diabetes is done for life to maintain normal body functions.

The child can still function normally just like any other children. But the parents need to extend all their bests to help the child especially during treatment process. This is not an easy thing for your child to go through especially when he thinks that he should be outside carefree and playing with peers rather than being too safeguarded. To be able to help your child, here are some of the tips on how to win diabetes during childhood:

  • Tell your child about his condition and explain to him why you are particular on certain things. Let your child feel that even though he has the condition, he can still enjoy and be like other kids. Let him play outside, just make sure that he has support and you are just near the area so in cases like emergencies, you can respond right away.
  • Sever meals recommended by the doctor. Proper diet is needed to keep blood sugar levels at a normal level.
  • Be aware of the signs of both low and high blood sugar and tell your child what the symptoms are too. In this way you will be able to know how to react when those situations arises.
  • Learn from your doctor on how to monitor your child’s blood sugar levels. You need to do this every day to assess on how your child is doing. You can also teach your child how to check his blood sugar levels so that he can check it anytime you are not there.
  • Love your child all the more but make sure that you are giving him time to be free from your guards too. Let him enjoy his childhood, but see to it that you are just there to see how he is doing all the time.

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Recognizing the Signs of Juvenile Diabetes

Parents will usually assume their children are perfectly healthy until symptoms become apparent. Juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes is one of the most common conditions that do not present the usual symptoms that parents relate to being ill (such as a fever, pain, and some rashes).

Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes mellitus is a condition wherein there in abnormally high sugar levels in the blood because the pancreas cannot create and secrete the appropriate amount of insulin to metabolize the glucose. 

Under normal circumstances, the sugars that a person ingests from food are broken down further so that it can join the blood stream. Then, the pancreas releases insulin to break these sugars down so that can enter the body’s cells.

In juvenile diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce the right amount of insulin necessary to break the sugars down into cell-friendly particles. As a result, there is an accumulation of sugar in the blood. This later on gets excreted out of the body through urine. This means, the sugar that was taken in was not used by the body at all.

Recognizing diabetes early during childhood is crucial. Because of excessive amounts of sugar in the blood, diabetics are prone to complications that involve their heart, kidneys, nerves, eyes and other vital organs, especially as they grow old.

If one or both of the parents are known diabetics, then they must monitor their children’s sugar intake and reaction at all times for certain symptoms which may occur with juvenile diabetes. These symptoms include the three major symptoms of diabetes: polyuria (increased urination), polyphagia (increased hunger), and polydipsia (increased thirst).

Along with these cardinal symptoms, the child may also exhibit some unexplained weight loss, despite eating a well-balanced diet regularly. He or she may appear to be lethargic and may look weak and always tired, influencing his or her performance in school and sports. The child may be waking several times a night to urinate, or drink water. In advanced stages of the condition, he or she may complain of tingling and numbing sensations or blurred vision. Parents may notice a persistent and characteristic scent in the child’s breath – it is fruity. Sometimes, a child’s simple wounds may take several days to heal.

If your child has the three main symptoms as well as any of the mentioned symptoms, you must take him for a medical consultation right away. Expect the doctor to do a series of laboratory exams. To do this, he or she will have to take urine and blood samples from your child. The blood tests will determine the presence of blood glucose as well as the blood’s tolerance to sugar. Some common diabetes- specific blood tests include fasting blood sugar and the glycohemoglobin test. The urine sample will be examined for the presence of glucose particles and ketones. Ketones are the product of the metabolism of stored fats used as energy. Normally, the body would use glucose for energy, but in diabetes, glucose cannot enter the cells, thus is cannot be used, so the body has to tap into its fatty reserves, explaining the weight loss and ketone in the urine. 

After a clear diagnosis has been made, a doctor will help the child and parents to cope by recommending diet and weight management, exercise and insulin administration.

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