What is it?
Diabetes is an imbalance in the blood sugar levels. Children are more likely to suffer from insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1), which means they do not produce enough insulin. More children are now beginning to suffer from type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with obesity. The signs of diabetes are frequent urination, the drinking of large quantities of water, sweating and a fast heartbeat. Fatigue, weight loss, as well as an increased appetite could also be signs.

What to do

If you suspect your child is diabetic, it is vital to get the diagnosis confirmed by your doctor. Diabetes can’t be cured, but it can be well-controlled, thanks to a combination of regular monitoring of the blood, insulin injections, and lifestyle adjustments. With these things in place, your diabetic child can do all the things his friend can do.

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