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How is diabetes diagnosed in children?

Diabetes is suspected when children present symptoms of increased thirst, urination and weight loss. A blood and/or urine test is performed to test their glucose level and to detect antibodies to beta islet cells that can distinguish type 1 from type 2 diabetes.

Parents should encourage independence in the treatment of diabetes but at the same time must make sure their child is being responsible. By creating a personal diabetes management plan and daily schedule, and following a healthy meal plan, maintaining regular physical activity, checking blood glucose levels and taking insulin or oral medication as prescribed, every child will be able to manage his or her diabetes.

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