Childhood diabetes

There are several different types of diabetes, and type 1 is where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues as well as the cells from different organs. Type 1 diabetes effectively destroys the cells within the pancreas that produce insulin and although childhood diabetes is not particularly common, the recent rise in the number of children contracting it is a serious cause for concern.

Each year diabetes type 1 affects hundreds of children. With the child obesity rate increasing in the UK ,diabetes is increasing as well. Nutritionists are very concerned with the number of children that are obese. Children are becoming fascinated with junk food which has large amounts of fat. Obesity can cause a number of disorders that are life threatening such as diabetes, blood pressure, cardiovascular disorders and strokes.

There are a number of factors that are responsible for developing diabetes in young children. The main cause in children is still not clear, but the most probable reason it the mutation of genes and other environmental symptoms.

According to a recent survey, most of those who suffer type 1 diabetes have no family history of diabetes. Symptoms for diabetes include excessive thirst, weakness and tiredness, a sudden large loss of weight, urination on a frequent basis, an increase of appetite on an ‘all of a sudden’ basis, irritation and a sudden increase of weight.

There are some children that have had symptoms like cramps/pains in the stomach, severe headaches and behavioural patterns that are disturbed. Awareness of diabetes should be initiated in high school. If your young child has even the smallest of changes in their system it is important you contact your physician.

Many children are unable to communicate with anyone about the changes taking place in their body. Therefore parents need to be aware of their children’s health. There is not cure for diabetes but it is manageable and controllable.

If a child gets diagnosed with diabetes, treatment should start immediately so any further complications can be prevented. Usually kids are at least bothered by something that does not seem right in them. Parents need to express to their kids how important it is they communicate any problems they have or any time they feel out of the ordinary.

You should also consult an experienced dietitian to help customize a diet for your child to help come up with the best and healthiest diet possible. The diet should become a daily routine and should be changed as infrequently as possible.