Know If Your Child Is Diabetic on This International Children’s Day

Careclues wishes a wonderful day today to honor the children in our lives and all their fabulous accomplishments on this International Children’s Day .

It is itself a matter of great worry when an adult is targeted to diabetes mellitus. But the same becomes far worse, when a small child has to undergo similar torture of suffering from juvenile diabetes in his or her lifetime.

This article is meant to educate us, what is child diabetes and how one can know whether or not their child is suffering from this ever-increasing disease.

According to a global survey done on children, it has been found that there is around 4.40 Lakh children, who are minors (between the age of 2 and 15) and are suffering from juvenile diabetes mellitus. In developing countries the child mortality rate owing to this disease is on an increasing rate, and so WHO has declared Child Diabetes as a matter of major concern on this International Children’s Day, which falls today.

Most of the time a routine viral fever or other chronic infection can be the cause of Type- I diabetes among children.

Type I diabetes is an auto-immune disease which affects the pancreas of the children and incase one fails to understand the early juvenile diabetes symptoms underlying this disease, the blood sugar rises to an uncontrollable level, which can seriously affect the health of the child.

According to eminent pediatricians, the cause for malfunctioning of the pancreatic beta cells, most often happens due to auto-immune destruction. However, the truth is, diabetes mellitus is a hereditary disease and so it is really hard to find a reason as to why children get affected by this deadly ailment, which if neglected can land the child even into a coma.

In addition to Type I diabetes, in the recent times Type II diabetes has also started affecting the children who belong to the adolescent age group, and are suffering from unnatural obesity.

In India alone, nearly 70,000 children suffer from juvenile diabetes mellitus.

Physical activity and proper diet should be encouraged to the diabetic child. However, all parents should also know that intense physical activity must be avoided for diabetic children whose glycemic control is bad, as this can lead to Ketoacidosis.

As a part of the WHO program, researchers on diabetes in children on this International Children’s Day, are presently improving on the existing techniques for developing sensors for the measurement of glucose or insulin pumps, miniaturization techniques of injections, cell therapy (which consists in grafting new pancreas cells) and on immunotherapy (to counteract the body’s immune response).

This can be mentioned over here, that our former President and scientist A P J Abdul Kalam has launched a pan India diabetes program ‘Changing Diabetes in Children’ (CdiC) to give children below the poverty line access to comprehensive diabetes care and juvenile diabetes management, who are suffering from Type I diabetes.