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Child Diabetes

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Diabetes is a condition in which the body is not producing enough insulin or the body cells do not respond properly which results in an elevated blood sugar level. Diabetes is known as an illness for adults. But as years goes by and as the world develops, patients who have been diagnosed with DM is getting younger and younger.

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Type 1 or Juvenile diabetes is the most common diabetes in children. Almost 90-95% at the age of below 16 has this type of diabetes. This is due to the failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. This type of diabetes where the immune system attacks one of the body's own organ or tissue is classified as an autoimmune disease. Here, the insulin-producing cells which are found in the pancreas are being destroyed.


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Child diabetes has the same symptoms as the adult have: thirst, weight loss, tiredness, and frequent urination. T hese symptoms tend to show on over a few weeks. T ummy pains, behavioral problems and headaches are some typical symptoms in children. If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, he should be referred to a specialist in childhood diabetes. Insulin treatment is needed by most children with diabetes. Today, insulin that are fast acting is frequently use during day time while slow-acting insulin is taken at night.

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Increasing number of older children use continuous insulin pumps. Usually in the first year of diagnosing children with DM, they may need only a little amount of dosage of insulin. And this is called as the 'honeymoon period. Hypos avoidance, glucose control and insulin treatment should be done to decrease the DM complications. Diet is always a part of a treatment plan for diabetes. It is necessary that your child receives a healthy and balanced diet that is rich in fiber and carbohydrates. The parents together with the dietitian, should determine the amount of food the child must eat depending on there age and weight.


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Sweets are possibly given in reasonable amount together with the appropriate dose of insulin once your child is knowledgeable enough to know how her body's response to eating and taking insulin. Children who have diabetes lives longer with the condition than to those who acquired diabetes in adulthood. Diabetes usually starts after puberty, but mostly concerned in later life. By the age of nine, regular checkups for late-stage complications usually begin. And every year check up is done from then on.

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• Type 1 or Juvenile diabetes is the most common diabetes in children. Almost 90-95% at the age of below 16 has this type of diabetes. This...

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