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Type 1 Diabetes in Children


Type 1 diabetes is very common among children and young adults, but can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is, also, called juvenile diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Children with type 1 diabetes are insulin dependent. Type 1 diabetes causes are a combination of genetic or environmental factors. Each year over 12,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and more are diagnosed every day. Children with type 1 diabetes need to monitor and manage their blood sugar levels daily.

Diabetes Type 1

Diabetes means that a person’s blood sugar levels are above normal. A person who has diabetes has high blood sugar and the pancreas will not produce enough insulin. The pancreas is a long, flat gland that is located in a person’s stomach, which helps your body digest food and create insulin.

Introduction to Diabetes Type 1

Children who have juvenile diabetes is classified as an autoimmune disease, which a person’s pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy. It happens when the body’s immune system invades and kills the cells that produce insulin, located in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that commonly causes high blood sugar levels, which happens when the pancreas has too little insulin. Children and young adults with type 1 diabetes need insulin to survive. Overtime, too much sugar in your blood can cause health issues. Type 1 diabetes can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves as well as heart problems and stroke.

Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms

A person can have juvenile diabetes without knowing it, because the symptoms can take a long time to develop. Some symptoms juvenile diabetes includes:

  • Drink a lot
  • Urinate a lot
  • Waking up at night to urinate
  • Always eating, but with weight loss instead of weight gain
  • Cannot concentrate
  • Numerous headaches
  • Very tired
  • Losing weight without dieting
  • Sores that take a long time to heal
  • Feel tingling in your feet

A blood test can determine if you have juvenile diabetes. If you do, you will need to see a doctor for diabetes. You and the doctor will discuss a treatment care plan that will manage your insulin and possibly other treatments.

Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

When a child or young adults have juvenile diabetes, the body has to produce insulin. In order to live, insulin is crucial for type 1 diabetes children and young adults. A person has to inject the proper amount of insulin needed per day to monitor the results of these shots. Insulin does not cure type 1 diabetes, but helps to keep the insulin levels normal.

If your child or adolescent has juvenile diabetes, the next thing you need to do, is to create a diabetes management plan with your doctor. A management plan will help your child or adolescent manage their type 1 diabetes and be able to stay healthy and active. Type 1 diabetes treatment is based on each individual’s needs which involve insulin, possible diet, and exercise.