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Causes and symptoms of diabetes in children

Monica Vaklinova

4 min reading time

15-08-2020

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15-08-2020
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Causes and symptoms of diabetes in children


Description:Learn the causes and the symptoms of diabetes in children.
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Causes and symptoms of diabetes in children

Did you know more than 30 million people in the US have diabetes and of these 30 million, 1 in 4 people don’t even know that they have diabetes? Diabetes Quick Facts … This fact is astonishing and shows that awareness of diabetes needs to increase, this article tells you all you need to know about the symptoms, causes, and types of diabetes which may trigger warning signs. If you’re concerned about you or your child developing diabetes or see some of these symptoms occurring, please do visit your health provider.

What are the causes of diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that can be found in both adults and children. With children becoming more and more inactive, setting inside, playing video games and watching TV, diabetes is becoming increasingly common in young children. Inactiveness and the consumption of unhealthy foods such as fizzy drinks, ice cream, chips, milkshakes, and other highly processed foods. Foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates are one of the main causes of diabetes type 2 in children. Studies have shown that many parents can’t identify the symptoms of diabetes. We believe there needs to be more awareness around diabetes, the causes, the symptoms, and the impact it can have on individual’s lives.

What are the different types of diabetes?

Until very recently, the most common type of diabetes in children was Type 1. This is due to the pancreas not making insulin – a hormone that helps sugar enter cells in your body and give them energy. Without this vital hormone, too much sugar isn’t absorbed into the cells so is left in the blood leading to high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can eventually lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs with obesity or if your child is overweight. Type 2 can be prevented and controlled. There are many ways you can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, these include:

  • Ensuring your kids are physically active by encouraging them to play sports, go on walks, and get out and about throughout the day.

  • Keeping an eye on what they’re eating by serving smaller portions of healthier foods, you can reduce their intake of sugar from sweet foods and carbohydrates.

  • Keep an eye on their weight and if you become worried about their weight management, go to see your healthcare provider.

What are the main symptoms of diabetes in children?

Common symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children include:

  • Urinating often

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Slow-healing cuts and bruises

  • Weight loss (keep an eye on this, even if your child is eating lots)

  • Blurred vision

  • Feeling thirst & hunger even if they’ve had lots to drink and eat

Common symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children include:
  • Similar to the symptoms of type 1 without weight loss

  • Tingling sensations and numbness in feet and hands

Please note: Type 2 diabetes symptoms in children often go unnoticed. If you have concerns about your child’s weight, take a visit to your healthcare provider. Diabetes in children is hard to keep an eye on. Kids want to enjoy themselves and act as their friends are doing, fitting into that societal norm but with diabetes, some kids can feel embarrassed and as if they don’t fit in. By encouraging your children to look after their health, you’ll be able to help them develop them as individuals that are kept on looking after themselves, doing regular exercise and eating the right foot to get all of the minerals and nutrients they need. Whatever their age, children’s health is extremely important.

For the author:

Monica is a marketing maanger at Dianurse and a blogger.

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