Diabetes Care

Children Suffering From Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disorder wherein the blood sugar levels in the body are abnormally high. The condition could be due to a number of reasons from an inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin, which is responsible for moving the glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells for use in energy production, or to the inability of the cells themselves to respond to insulin so that glucose remains accumulated in the bloodstream.

Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age. In fact, one particular type of diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes or Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) was formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes because individuals who are usually affected are children and young adults.

In Type 1 Diabetes, the body is unable to produce insulin, or able to produce insulin but in gradually decreasing amounts so that the hormone cannot perform its function of facilitating glucose into cells. Because of this malfunction in insulin-production, children who are affected almost always require insulin as treatment.

Knowing that one has Type 1 Diabetes can be scary, both for the parent and for the child. After all, Type 1 Diabetes is a serious illness with fatal consequences if the right steps are not taken. But if you, as a parent, do something to help your child, then there is no reason to be afraid. People with diabetes can live long, healthy, and happy lives.