Recent studies indicate an increase in cases of gestational diabetes among pregnant women and juvenile diabetes among children.
Children, teenagers and early adults usually suffer from Type 1 diabetes. Juvenile diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus in medical terms
Causes of juvenile diabetes
This can be genetic or as a results of certain predisposing factors e.g. poor dietary habits, environment, overproduction of glucose in the body, increased fat breakdown among others
Some of the symptoms include:
- Increased urination
- Increased levels of thirst
- Continued weight loss
Diabetes being a lifestyle disease has no cure.
Juvenile diabetes can be managed through administration of regular insulin shots. This is necessitated by the fact that this disease destroys one’s pancreatic system, hence the body is not able to secrete the required insulin levels
Insulin is useful in the absorption of sugar/glucose in an individual’s blood stream.
Juvenile diabetes can therefore be managed through:
- Regular insulin shots as prescribed by the doctor. In most instances, these shots are to be taken daily
- Avoiding eating too much of sugary stuff by eating health food
- Regular exercises and this helps in breaking down and controlling the blood sugar levels
- Adequate rest. This helps the body rejuvenate itself
- Not avoiding any meal
- Going to the hospitals for regular check-ups
- By self evaluation of their glucose levels using a glucometer. This tests are administered through a single prick on ones finger
- Avoidance of stressors
- Carry some snacks to restore the energy levels
If you have a child with diabetes, remember that this disease is manageable, and all you need to do is to take care of your child with love.
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