Forms of Diabetes in Children
Diabetes in children is also known as juvenile diabetes. It is more commonly known as type 1 diabetes.
Juvenile diabetes is a result of the Pancreas being unable to create insulin. Juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks it’s own organs and tissues.
In the last thirty years, the number of juvenile diabetes patients has increased 3 times or more. In Europe and the US, we are now seeing type 2 diabetes in children for the first time.
Basically, type 2 diabetes is caused by weight problems. With type one diabetes seen in children, it is thought that a mixture of environmental and genetic elements trigger the disease. However, the majority of children with diabetes do not have a family member with a history of diabetes.
The symptoms of juvenile diabetes are almost the same as in adults, like weight reduction, thirst, tiredness and urination. Children can also develop abdomen pain and headache.
Doctors should consider the possibility of diabetes in children who have unexplained stomach pains for a few weeks.
If you see any of these signs in your child, you need to inform your pediatrician and prepare yourself and your child for a series of examinations. Make sure you give your doctor an accurate description of the symptoms.
Diabetes in children is a serious concern and must be diagnosed as soon as possible.