Diabetes and Children
Increasingly, children are developing diabetes. It used to be that there was "juvenile diabetes" and "adult diabetes." Doctors now use the terms "type 1 diabetes" and "type 2 diabetes." This is because legions of children in this country have turned up in doctors' offices in recent years with type 2 diabetes (typically seen in adults) and adults are developing type 1 diabetes (typically diagnosed in people under age 18).
Children with diabetes should not be treated like miniature adults. Because their bodies are still developing, children require a treatment plan of their own. Their needs are different than an adult's and a unique strategy should be developed to address their concerns, such as how to manage diabetes while at school or the absences that might occur as a result of diabetes.
If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, your greatest concern should be the care and attention you devote to managing the disease. You will reduce the risk of long-term complications by keeping your child's blood sugar in check. However, you will also instill lifelong values -- such as the importance of frequent glucose testing, scrupulous administration of medication, and healthy lifestyle choices -- that will serve your child well for many years to come.
To learn more about diabetes in general, including diagnosis, causes, symptoms and treatment, visit our main Diabetes page.
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