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The Symptoms for Diabetes in Children

symptoms of diabetes in childrenWe can deal with and cope with our own suffering but when we see our own child suffering it often becomes unbearable. Diabetes is a disease that can make the life of your child unbearable – no fries, no fizzy drinks, no pastries, no ice creams and no candy; in fact, no anything that children routinely take pleasure in. This article brings you up to speed on how to detect the early stages of diabetes in children, i.e. the symptoms of diabetes in children.

While most children under five lead normal healthy diabetes free lives, diabetes Type I diabetes can occur in babies when they are only a few months old (Type 2 never occurs in children under five).

The symptoms of diabetes in children – up to age five

The symptoms of diabetes in children include passing large amounts of urine and being very thirsty all the time – you notice the symptoms of diabetes in children are the same as for adults.

What to look out for:

You might notice:

1. Your child’s nappy needs changing very often.
2. That the child has begun wetting the bed frequently.
3. Needs extra feeds and drinks.
4. Often appears listless and gets tired very soon.
5. Appears to be losing rather than gaining weight for a child of his/her age.
6. There seems to be some problem with the child’s vision as he (or she) sometimes has problems reading the alphabets.
7. Your child breath seems to smell sweetish (kind of fruity).
8. Child suffers from urinary infection.

Caution:

Children can be very active and therefore drink a lot of water. Also, at this young age, they might naturally wet their beds. The symptoms you would be looking for are excessive consumption of liquid and bed wetting that goes beyond normal. If you suspect that diabetes might be involved, fix up an appointment with the child’s physician and have a clinical test done.

Your child with diabetes needs food at regular intervals, blood tests and insulin injections. Your child may not be able to tell you how he or she feels. So, making sure their blood glucose levels are within normal range is of paramount importance to their wellbeing.

If you are in the U.S. or other developed countries, remember that there is plenty of medical and professional care and support available for your child. It is important to take the child to diabetes clinics and you also be visited by diabetes health professionals on a regular basis to discuss your child’s growth and development and diabetes control.

The symptoms of diabetes in children – age five to twelve

Children between the ages of five and twelve who develop diabetes are more likely to have Diabetes Type I. Diabetes type II is also prevalent but it is rare. The symptoms of diabetes in children between the ages of five to 12 are the same (excessive thirst, frequent urination, lack of energy, weight loss), as those mentioned for children below 5 years of age.

Children in this age group can do everything that other children can do provided their glucose levels are always kept under control.

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How Diabetes Symptoms can be reversed

Diabetes symptomsTrouble begins when over indulgence in food (requiring an over-production of insulin) either leads to failure of the pancreas or cell damage (caused by over-production of insulin) in-turn leading to insulin becoming ineffective. Unfortunately, once the process of converting food into energy breaks down, there is no way to repair it. However, diabetes symptoms can be reversed by keeping our blood sugar levels under control and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

How diabetes symptoms can be reversed

1. First off, you need to consult a diabetic specialist so that you can be properly diagnosed as to the type of diabetes (Type I or Type II) and also the progress of the disease. Where required, the physician or specialist will also prescribe medicines that may or may not include insulin.

2. If you are an adult, given that diabetes is categorized as a ‘lifestyle disease’ (meaning triggered by unhealthy lifestyle of the person), you would probably have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. These changes would have to include incorporating adequate exercises, eating regular healthy meals, getting adequate sleep and if you were previously overeating, then, incorporating portion control plates, cups and glasses into your dinnerware.

3. You would also have to get yourself acquainted with the U.S.D.A approved concept of ‘MyPlate’ diet. Briefly, Myplate refers to a plate theoretically divided into four parts in the ratios of 3:3:2:2. The larger parts are one each for vegetables and wholegrain (including pulses). The two smaller parts are one each for proteins and fruit. To this, include a small 6 oz glass of low-fat milk or non-fat, non-sweetened yoghurt.

4. You also need to understand the energy formulae: Food to consume = Total energy requirement. An average adult requires approximately 2,100 calories of food every day (because we need roughly 2,100 calories of energy each day). If you need to reduce your weight, you should incorporate physical activity equivalent to not less than 200 calories per day. Since you are drawing 200 calories worth of additional energy than that provided by food, your body makes up the deficit by breaking down 200 calories worth of stored fat. Over time, you will reduce your body fat.

5. You also need to understand that some foods are digested immediately and therefore release glucose immediately into the blood stream. Other foods (e.g. proteins) take some time to digest. If you have been prescribed medication, you need to time the medication so it coincides with the glucose release in the blood stream. This is vital as mismatch will lead to your medication becoming ineffective and your diabetes progressing further despite the medication.

6. Conduct regular blood sugar tests at home by using diabetes test strips. The only way you know the efficacy of your medication as well as your efforts is by conducting regular blood sugar tests at home. If your medication is matched with the release of glucose in the blood, then even at peak times your blood sugar should have a normal reading. This is the sign that you have got it right.

If you incorporate all six actionable points mentioned above, then your diabetes symptoms can be reversed.

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