Thursday, 7 October 2010

Diabetes In Childhood

Diabetes In Childhood

What are the types of Diabetes in childhood?
The types of diabetes in childhood are the same as in an adult, but the proportion of type 1 diabetes is more in childhood. To our surprise, we are seeing more and more cases of type 2 diabetes in children.

Why my child?
It is unfortunate it is your child. The cause of diabetes in childhood is not fully understood. Diabetes is most often associated with a genetically determined predisposition, the presence of autoimmunity and environmental influence. Some viral infection destroying the insulin producing cells of the pancreas have been found in some cases. Most of the cases the damage is permanent meaning the child is dependent on insulin for life.

Is Insulin a must?
Yes. Insulin is a must for type 1 diabetes as their body is deficient of insulin. If insulin is not given the child will progress to a diabetic coma which is a life-threatening condition.

When my child should start injecting?
In the case of diabetes in childhood, insulin treatment should be started as soon as the diagnosis is done to prevent the metabolic disturbances and diabetic coma. From around the age of 8 years your child is expected to inject him- or her-self.

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