Child Diabetes

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In today’s world, parents have an abundance of worries when it comes to their children. Drugs, bad grades, and pre marital sex are just some things that may plague a parent with sleepless nights. But even on the worst of those nights of worry, most parents can’t imagine that their child could face an illness. Not just a runny nose or seasonal flu, but an illness that would affect their child throughout his or her entire life. Diabetes is a disease without a cure, and one that more, and more children have to live with.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that begins when the pancreas quits making insulin. Insulin plays a key role by letting glucose enter the body’s cells, and then uses it for energy. When the body doesn’t get the insulin it needs, too much sugar builds up in the blood.

An individual often thinks of older people when they hear the word diabetes, but more often than not this is not the case, especially in Type 1 diabetics. Type 1 diabetes has often been referred to as “ juvenile diabetes,” because it is often seen in children and young adults. According to HK Akerblom:

“Diabetes manifesting early in childhood has increased in recent years, generating greater attention among the diabetes research community. This attention has been focused by the fact that in many countries the age- related incidence pattern has moved to the left, i.e. to younger children than the population affected in earlier decades”(1998).

Although, doctors and scientists do not know exactly what causes the immune system to attack a child’s insulin producing cells, they have determined a few factors that may increase the odds of developing the disease. Some of the key factors that have been identified are: family history, ethnicity, a...

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...e most children, these kids have real worries. Worries that even adults usually don’t face. Will I go blind? Will I have to eventually have my feet or foot amputated due to poor circulation? Will I see my own children have children? Maybe one day researches will save these children from such harsh realities and be able to help others conquer this disesase.

Works Cited

Åkerblom, H. (1998). Focusing on childhood diabetes. Acta Paediatrica, 871-2. doi:10.1080/08035259875003051

Daneman, D., Frank, M., & Perlman, K (1999). When A Child Has Diabetes. Buffalo,NY: Firefly Books Inc.

National Diabetes Association.(1995-2010) Compications. Retrieved April,7 2010 from

Shaw, J. (2007). Epidemiology of childhood type 2 diabetes and obesity. Pediatric Diabetes, 87-15. doi:10.1111/j.1399-5448.2007.00329.x.
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