The International Diabetes Federation highlights that over 371 million people in the world have diabetes and a good number of these are children. Did you get your child tested yet?
No number of diabetic patients is insignificant. Considering that children are being greatly affected by the problem, there is an importance to make sure that the signs of diabetes are looked out for and paid attention to before the disease steps out of the border. The four common signs of juvenile diabetes are:
If your child requests you to get him/her water every now and then, it is perhaps a warning sign of juvenile diabetes. The reason why this could be happening is because the excessive build-up of sugar in the bloodstream is causing all the fluid present in the tissues to be pulled out. Consequentially, you will observe that your child frequents the washroom to urinate. When you realise that your child has been on a number of trips to the kitchen to fill the water bottle, observe if such behaviour is because he/she has been participating in more than one activity or not; these could include sports or being active outdoors. Also, if the thirst is consistent throughout the day, there is not much that you have to worry about.
Try to recall the last time you got your child to check his/her BMI. If has been a change and you have no reason to explain it, it is time you look up prospective diabetes experts on the telephone directory. Another prominent sign of juvenile diabetes is unexplained weight loss despite an increase in appetite. Do not, however, be mistaken to believe that only juvenile diabetes causes unexplained weight loss because the reason why your child is sliding down in weight could be any other disease as well.
In juvenile diabetes, sugar is needed for the cells to provide enough energy to the muscles as well as the organs. Without the intake of insulin to transport sugar to the cells, the muscle may lose all their energy, pointing out through to the brain that the body needs more nourishment. It is this desperate need for nutrition that the child feels hungry frequently.
One of the troubling signs of juvenile diabetes is the difficulty in seeing objects or having a blurred vision. This happens because of lack of sugar in the bloodstream to carry the nutrition to the cells. Since the cells extract nutrition from the tissues and other parts of the body when there is a lack of it, they also end up taking fluid from the lenses of the eyes, making it a terrible task to look or focus on objects clearly.
Identifying the signs of juvenile diabetes can help a parent deal with his/her child’s empathetic plight. One of the best things to do to fight the consequences of this medical condition is to take the child to a doctor for regular check-ups.
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