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HOW TO UNDERSTAND DIABETES IN CHILDREN?
Turkey iHealth member Istanbul hospital Specialist in Pediatric Endocrinology Assoc. Doctor told, ’It is not difficult to diagnose Type 1 diabetes, known as childhood diabetes,’ Dr. said, listing the easily noticeable symptoms as follows.
The problem with type 1 diabetes is insulin deficiency. In other words, it is a type of diabetes that occurs when beta cells in the pancreas lose their function and there is no insulin left in the body. He said that awareness is very important for early diagnosis of the disease. Doctor explained what needs to be known about it as follows:
Here are the reasons
Although type 1 diabetes is usually caused by a genetic predisposition, it is very important to eat a healthy and balanced diet with organic foods to delay the triggering of the disease. Genetically modified, additive-containing foods should be avoided. It should be remembered that the disease can also be triggered by viral infections and too severe stresses.
There is only one way of treatment
About 80-95 percent of cases of diabetes mellitus (diabetes mellitus) in childhood are Type 1 diabetes. The only known treatment is lifelong administration of insulin from the outside. Patients live a normal life without affecting other organs for many years with regular control and intensive insulin therapy. They also need to pay attention to their nutrition and be mobile next to insulin.
It is confused with other diseases
If there is an increase in the frequency of urination and excessive water consumption that suddenly starts in childhood and adolescence, if this condition continues every day and weight loss is observed, a doctor should be consulted immediately.
Because these children urinate frequently, it may be thought that they have a problem with urine or that they have a lung infection due to their frequent breathing. When this happens, the diagnosis and treatment will be delayed. That’s why it’s also important to go to the right doctor. Pediatric endocrinologists are looking at type 1 diabetes. If we cannot reach the pediatric endocrinologist at our location, the patient should be examined by a pediatric health and disease specialist as soon as possible.
Pay attention to these symptoms!
– Children and adolescents who have never had a complaint about blood sugar before start drinking a lot of water all of a sudden one day.
– Another complaint is frequent urination. The child urinates frequently day and night and drinks water. Sometimes it can get wet at night. This condition continues until the diagnosis and treatment begins.
– The appetite is clear in the child, but there is weight loss. In the following days, there may also be abdominal pain, vomiting, and a decrease in appetite with these signs. Usually, the time between the first time it starts drinking a lot of water and the time he goes to the doctor and gets a diagnosis is 1-4 weeks. If the diagnosis and treatment initiation period is prolonged, the child may develop a loss of consciousness described as a sugar coma. In summary, the longer the time to visit the doctor with the appearance of signs, the heavier the picture becomes.
– Sometimes in children who are small and use diapers, this excess urine production can be overlooked and the child may not know how to drink water. Fatigue and weight loss should be noted in them.
– Children with type 1 diabetes who have not received treatment have an acetone odor in their breath, and this is immediately noticeable.
– In those who are heading for a coma, it is observed that their breathing is frequent and deep.