Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Type 2 Diabetes in Children

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The type of diabetes the majority of children are diagnosed with is type 1 diabetes.
Type
2 diabetes is associated with the disease when it is diagnosed in adults – also called adult-
onset. There are cases of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and the numbers
are growing.

A big contributor to the increase in these numbers is poor lifestyle and diet choices for
our children. But this is not the only cause and may not be the cause at all for some. Just
because a child is overweight or eats unhealthy does not mean he or she will get type 2
diabetes. Although, these lifestyle choices are factors that can increase the chances of it
happening.

Symptoms or factors that are present in children who have been diagnosed with type 2
diabetes include the following:

* A child who is over their healthy weight range or is considered obese
* Many members of the family have been diagnosed with diabetes (most times this
will include one of the parents)
* Some of the same symptoms shown in type 1 diabetes may appear with type 2
diabetes as well – increased urination (frequency), unquenchable thirst, and
feeling very lethargic

Some children will show none of the above signs and it can be hard to diagnose them
with type 2 diabetes. Annual check-ups with your doctor are important. Discuss with
your doctor your family’s medical history. If there is diabetes present in your family
members your doctor may want to run routine tests even in the absence of additional
signs or symptoms.

The treatment for this type of diabetes is sometimes the same as type 1 diabetes. In some
patients, they will have to take an insulin injection every day. But, with type 2 diabetes,
depending on the severity of the disease, it is also possible to control blood glucose levels
with diet and exercise alone.

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How Did I End Up With Diabetes?

How Did I End Up With Diabetes?

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How do you get Diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes mellitus. These are known as type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes mellitus used to be called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, or juvenile-onset diabetes mellitus, because it usually begins in childhood or adolescence.

In type 1 diabetes mellitus, the pancreas releases no insulin at all because the body has destroyed the cells that produce it (islet cells). The patient therefore relies on treatment with insulin.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common form of diabetes. It used to be called non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, or adult onset diabetes because it usually begins in adulthood.

In type 2 diabetes, patients can still produce insulin, but they do not produce enough and/or their bodies cannot use it properly.

Treating high blood pressure and controlling the levels of fats (lipids) in the blood are also very important in patients with diabetes as they are at greater risk than the normal population of developing serious cardiovascular diseases.

A group of medicines known as ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors are sometimes used to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular complications in diabetes and can also reduce the risk or progression of kidney and eye diseases.

What causes diabetes?

While scientists aren’t exactly sure why Type 1 diabetes happens, they do know the immune system is involved. A healthy immune system protects us from diseases caused by infections, such as colds or the flu, as well as diseases that start in our own cells, such as cancer. For some reason, in certain people, the immune system becomes confused and begins attacking and destroying the cells in the pancreas that make insulin.4 Scientists aren’t exactly sure why Type 2 diabetes happens either; however, they have identified that it occurs most often in certain individuals. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, have high blood pressure, and have high cholesterol levels in their blood

Could the diabetic formula lower my blood sugar level too much?
In general, too low blood sugar levels should not be a problem.
A high quality diabetic formula containing synergistic vitamins, minerals, and herbs, most often lowers blood sugars to normal levels. However, these vitamins, minerals, and herbs will not excessively lower blood sugar levels that are already normal.

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Diabetes Associations

Diabetes Associations

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A person with diabetes needs to acquire the necessary education and knowledge about his condition in order to know how to avoid the onset of acute or chronic complications, and to be able to attack and swiftly remedy any problem. This way life can be enjoyable, healthy, productive, and happy and, above all, free of complications.
Diabetes associations are the perfect places where people with Diabetes and their families will be able to find all kinds of Diabetes related information and education that they need, from from the most basic and simple to the most complex and in-depth aspects concerning to this “Life condition”.
There are lots of leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. These associations are dedicated to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
To fulfill this mission they funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. They also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes. They usually provide consumer information on many diabetes-related topics—meal planning, exercise, complications of diabetes, nutrition, and more. They often work with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments and policy-makers to ensure they recognize diabetes as one of the most significant public health issues in World today, and take action to address it.
Some of the pioneer diabetic associations who are providing commendable contribution in the fight against diabetics are listed below.
AUSTRALIA
Diabetes Australia
517 Phipps Place
Deakin ACT 2600
Australia
Tel. 61-6-2835277
UNITED KINGDOM
British Diabetes Association
10 Queen Anne Street
London WIM OBD
Tel.44-71/323-1531
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel. 1-800-2323472 (USA only)
1-703-549-1500
SWEDEN
Swedish Diabetic Association
P.O. Box 1545
S 171 29 Solna
Tel. 46-8/629 85 80
Swedish Endocrine Society
c/o Adamson Dept. of Medicine
Danderyd Hospital
s-18288 Danderyd
Tel. 46-1/6556413
SWITZERLAND
Swiss Diabetes Association
Forchstrasse 95
CH-8032 Zurich
Tel.41-1/383 13 15

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