How to Learn if your Child is Diabetic

Posted on January 29, 2009 @ 2:10 am
by Marcus Clarkson

It is important if at any time you suspect that your child may be suffering from Diabetes you know exactly what the signs and symptoms are. Luckily there are plenty of places where you will be able to find out exactly what the signs of Diabetes in kids are. One of the best places to start your search for such information would be the internet.

As well as learning about what the signs of diabetes are these sites can also explain more about the different types of diabetes there are. Although there are several different kinds of diabetes, most children will commonly suffer from the one known as Type 1 Diabetes. Which is the form of this condition that prevents a person’s body from actually producing insulin.

Although some children may suffer from Type 2 the problem with Type 1 is that the onset of this condition happens very quickly. Whilst with Type 2 it can take some time before any of the signs or symptoms begin to appear. Below we take a look at the most common signs associated with Type 1.

1. A child needs to go to the toilet more often than usual. Because the child’s body is not actually able to produce enough insulin in order to convert glucose into energy any excess glucose passes immediately through to the urinary tract. Once there it absorbs water and this in turn results in the child needing to urinate more often than they should.

2. A child will need to drink more water than would considered to be normal. Again this is because their body is retaining high amounts of glucose in it rather than converting it into energy. If at any time you notice your drinking more and going to the toilet more than would considered to be normal it would be wise to arrange for them to see a doctor as soon as possible.

3. Also another sign that your child may well be suffering from Type 1 Diabetes is that they begin to eat more. The reason for this being is that because glucose is unable to get into their bodies cells they are not getting enough energy to help them keep going throughout the day.

4. The fourth sign that your child may well be suffering from Type 1 Diabetes is that they start to complain about feeling tired all of the time. Again because their body is unable to produce insulin to convert the glucose that they have eaten into energy.

5. The final sign of Diabetes in kids is that although they are eating and drinking more they are actually losing weight. Because their body is not getting enough glucose from what they consume to provide their body with energy it is having to take it from elsewhere. The quickest way for a child’s body to do is this by using up any stored fat that the body may have. Also because a child needs to urinate more they are losing more fluids than their body can absorb and this further leads to weight loss.

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