Health & Medical Diabetes

Childhood Diabetic Symptoms

Within the past 30 years the United States has seen a dramatic increase in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes among children.
The most common diabetes is Type 1 also known as autoimmune disease or juvenile diabetes.
Even though 80%-90% of all Type 1 diabetes is found among children, it is common for adults to develop it as well.
Most people are diagnosed between birth and 30 years old.
Type 1 diabetes is either caused by the child's pancreas producing too much insulin or because the organ has stopped producing the substance entirely.
There is no cure for diabetes and children must take insulin up to 3-5 times a day for the rest of their lives.
Without proper use of insulin, a child can experience a coma, organ damage and eventually death.
Scientists have found that Type 2 diabetes among children is genetically linked to family history, diet and ethnicity.
Hispanics, African Americans and Latinos are the most common ethnicity to have Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetics, also known as non-insulin dependent, produces insulin, but their bodies are unable to use it properly.
Children are able to manage their diabetes without taking insulin and should start by changing their diet, adding appropriate medication/supplements and exercising.
Parents should watch for these signs of child diabetes symptoms: -Increased thirst (contently; drinking more than normal) -Frequent urination -Extreme hunger -Rapid weight loss -Infections -Cut/bruises heal slowly -Dry Mouth -Fatigue -Dehydration -Blurred Vision Some or all of these symptoms may gradually occur and may begin to escalate in severity.
If you feel your child might have these signs of diabetes, you should immediately contact your pediatrician.

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