How is diabetes diagnosed in children?

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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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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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