Occurrence of type 1 diabetes in children and teenagers in the U.S. is on the rise. Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is when the body’s immune system attacks cells that release insulin, resulting in lack of insulin production. Without insulin, cells are not able to absorb sugar which they need to create energy. Symptoms that you need to look for in your children to prevent a delayed diagnosis are listed below.
- Weight Loss. Even with an increase in appetite, your child may lose weight rapidly. This happens when the body does not get the energy that sugar supplies resulting in shrunken muscle tissues and fat storage. This may also cause your child to suffer from fatigue due to lack of sugar in their cells.
- Increased Thirst and Frequent Urination. Excess sugar building in the bloodstream pulls fluid from the tissues. The outcome is a child who drinks and urinates more than usual. The increase in urination can lead to reoccurring bedwetting at night, and females are at a higher risk of yeast infections.
- Blurred Vision. When blood sugar reaches high levels, fluid may be pulled from your child’s eyes. This may cause them the inability to focus clearly.
If your child is exhibiting any of these, contact your child’s doctor to investigate the symptoms for the possibility of type 1 diabetes or other health issues.