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Type 1 Diabetes In Children

Aug 18, 2008
Diabetes in children is also referred to as juvenile diabetes,but the more common name for it is type 1 diabetes. It is the most prominent form of diabetes existing in children with a stunning ninety to ninety-five percent of carriers being under people under the ages of 16.

Juvenile diabetes is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin. It is an autoimmune disease,which means or is caused when the bodies defense system attacks the body's tissues or organs.

In the past 30 years the number of juvenile diabetes has increased three folds over and in Europe and the US we are now sadly seeing type 2 diabetes in children for the first time.

Obesity and lack of exercise easily explains type 2 diabetes, but not the staggering increase of type 1 diabetes in children. It is alleged that a mixture of genetics and environmental factors are the triggers for juvenile diabetes. But the majority of children plagued with the ailment do not have a family history of diabetes.

The symptoms for type 1 diabetes in children are much the same as type 2 diabetes in adults. Weight loss, dehydration,thirst, fatigue, frequent urination is typical, but diabetes in children can also increase stomach pains, headaches and behavioral problems.

Doctors should consider the likelihood of diabetes in children who have inexplicable stomach pains for a few weeks, along with the typical symptoms.

If you suspect your child may be experiencing these horrid symptoms, you should schedule them as soon as possible for a thorough examination and alert your doctor about your suspicions on what your child may have. Be sure to inform them about any and all symptoms your child may be experiencing.

It is quite agonising finding out that a precious child is a sufferer of this dreaded ailment. Though the insulin shots religiously provided to the child does help, what most parents crave for most is a total cure. All parents desire and demand that their children lead very normal and exciting lives.

Diabetes can leave the child weak and also encourage excessive sleeping which obviously robs the child of youth. Parents are compelled to keep a regular supply of insulin to prevent full blown diabetes from rearing its ugly head.

Another worry for parents is the long term agony the child may experience in their adult years. One great fear is them becoming parents. This may lead to sad consequences as diabetes can cause birth defects.

Apart from that, diabetes is presently the leading cause of amputations and blindness in the United States alone and there is this worry that as they grow older, they too are bound to be faced squarely with these challenges.

Parents should take things one day at a time. "Do not bother about the next day as each day carries enough of its own anxieties" said the great teacher, Jesus Christ. This is only wise lest the parent develops hypertension which will now be another serious ailment to worry about.

Orthodox science is presently doing all it can to develop not medical solutions for type 1 diabetes but also for type 2 diabetes as well. They will eventually succeed.

Herbal medecine does provide excellent alternatives in this regard. Stories of Asians who never develop this ugly ailment have been documented and is worth looking into now.
About the Author
Aries King is an online writer on diabetes and other health issues affecting us today. You can read more about diabetes and possible cures at his blog now at http://fightdiabetestoday.blogspot.com
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