If your child is thirsty, suffers from fatigue, or urinates frequently, he or she may have juvenile diabetes. These symptoms may also be accompanied by increased appetite, sudden weight loss, a fruity odor in the breath, headaches, stomach pains, heavy or labored breathing, behavioral problems or changes, stupor, or unconsciousness.
Diabetes in children which is also called juvenile diabetes is on the rise. In fact, it has more than tripled in the last thirty years. This kind of diabetes is called type 1 diabetes or T1D. T1D occurs in both children and adults when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps us get energy from food. For some reason, which is yet unknown, the pancreas is attacked by the body's immune system. The result is that the beta cells which produce insulin in the pancreas are destroyed. Scientists guess that juvenile diabetes is a result of genetics and environment.
Juvenile diabetes can be sudden. If your child has any of the symptoms above, it could be a sign of T1D. To be safe, you should schedule a doctors appointment as soon as possible.
Juvenile diabetes is manageable. Checking blood sugar levels and insulin injections or infusion can be tough on adults and worse on children. Insulin helps stabilize blood sugar levels but it is not a cure.
“Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dietitians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive.” ~ past JDRF International Chairman, Mary Tyler Moore
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TYPE 1 DIABETIC
Only about 1 out of 3 achieve their target blood glucose levels.
According to the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation), over 300 million people have diabetes worldwide.
About 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year.
About 1 in 3 people are expected to have diabetes by 2050.
Diabetes reduces life span by about 13 years.
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