As shown in the graph from the Center for Disease Control below it is evident that childhood diabetes is on the rise in the United States.
The most typical type to look for in children is type one. This is not to say that type two is not of concern, it just typically appears more in the late twenties to thirties. Let’s consider the risk factors and preventative measures of both types to make sure your child is covered:
Risk Factors of Type One Diabetes:
Family History: Anyone with a parent or siblings with type one diabetes has a slightly increased risk of developing the condition.
Genetic Susceptibility: The presence of certain genes indicates an increased risk of developing type one diabetes.
Race: In the United States, type one diabetes is more common among non-Hispanic white children than among other races.
Risk Factors of Type two Diabetes:
- Not active
- Other family members with type two diabetes
- High blood pressure
- African American
- Hispanic American
- American Indian
- Asian American
Environmental Risk Factors of both types:
Certain Viruses: Exposure to various viruses may trigger the autoimmune destruction of the islet cells.
Diet: No specific dietary factor or nutrient in infancy has been shown to play a role in the development of diabetes. However, early intake of cow’s milk has been linked to an increased risk of type one diabetes, while breast-feeding might lower the risk. The timing of the introduction of cereal into a baby’s diet also may affect a child’s risk of type one diabetes.
Signs it is Time to take your Child to see a Healthcare Provider:
- If your child feels sick, tired, sleepy and thirsty
- Goes to the bathroom to urinate frequently; gets up at night to urinate
- Has no energy to play, work or have fun
- Has blurry vision
The diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming considering it requires consistent care, medication and monitoring, but with adapting a healthy lifestyle of exercise, diet and taking the proper medication the disease becomes far easier to manage. If your child has the risk factors but has not been diagnosed take preventative measures to ensure they stay in good health and diabetes free!
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Source: Mayoclinic.com, Center for Disease Control (photo)