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Diabetes (Type 1)

Diabetes (Type 1)

Around one in 300 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes and the disease usually comes on during childhood. Being diagnosed with diabetes can be worrying for kids and parents alike, because it means making changes in the way you live and sticking to a strict daily routine to manage the condition. There’s no cure for diabetes yet, but by following medical advice and having regular insulin injections, millions of diabetic children go on to lead healthy, active lives.

So what causes diabetes and what are the symptoms? Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means the body mistakes something completely normal for bacteria or a virus and starts attacking it. In the case of diabetes, this causes the pancreas to stop making insulin, which is vital for absorbing glucose.

The result is too much glucose in the blood. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can appear over just a few weeks. Your child will be constantly thirsty and need to wee a lot. They may feel very hungry all the time, but there will also be a noticeable loss of weight. They’ll feel tired, may be itchy round the groin and experience blurred vision. Their breath may have an unusual, sweet smell which some people compare to fruit.

If your child displays these symptoms, you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible, where they will be given a blood and urine test to confirm whether its is diabetes. If it is, your child may need to spend some time in hospital so that their blood sugar levels can be returned to normal. After that you’ll be assigned a specialist who will work out the best treatment, and teach you and your child about insulin injections, which they will need to take for the rest of their life.

This can be an anxious time for everyone and there can be a lot of new information to take in. As well as adjusting to regular injections (which most kids quickly learn to do for themselves) you and your child need to know how to monitor blood sugar and glucose levels and stick to a healthy diet. Once treatment is underway however, and if your child stays fit, healthy, eats the right food and gets regular medical check-ups, type 1 diabetes needn’t stop them from enjoying a normal, active life.

To find out more about diabetes, see Diabetes UK

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I'm a 15 year old diabetic and I keep drinking water and urinating straight after, I crave juice and fizzy drinks and I always have a fruity taste in my mouth. I also get white discharge every single day. Sometimes my lips split on the sides and sometimes I feel dizzy and I sleep a lot even if my blood sugars are controlled





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My son was diagnosed with type 1 at 21 months. He was drinking an excessive amount of water and his overnight nappies were enormous. He didn't lose much weight but we caught it early. If you have any doubt about your health or the heath of a child please see your GP. If you are type 1 it won't go away by ignoring it and you risk becoming very poorly by leaving it. Diagnosis is easy and painless. Please don't put it off!





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My daughter is 4 yrs old constantly weeing drinks all day and has juice all through the nite always says she hungry I tested her blood sugar it was 4.5 and always tiered even if she has slept all nite, always pale and has stopped going to playschool as always to tiered has wet herself twice yesterday and have to change her 2_3 Times a nite as always drinking and weeing plz anyone know if it is diabetes x





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Time for the doctors- a blood test will tell you, its not the kind of thing you can measure by symptoms you need to do a fasting blood test to be sure. If your daughter is presenting symptoms, get her tested. Its okay if its good news and shes okay, and if it is diabetes, you'll be pleased you went. All the best

Im a 14 year old boy and think i might have type 1 diabetes. I keep urinating and constantly drinking. Im always tired but cant sleep. Please help





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I have the same symptoms does that mean I have diabetes.

I'm 14 and recently I've been drinking a lot of juice/water and been going to the bathroom a lot.I can't sleep at night worrying about it,its ruining my life.my dad has it but he got it at a young age. I really don't want diabetes because I'm doing really well in rugby and had trials at various clubs,I wake up with a dry mouth and I urinate a few times a hour,do I have diabetes :((((((





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Hi guys, I'm 14 and i think i might have diabetes but i'm not sure. I'm always really thirsty and i can drink litre bottles of water in an hour if my sister would let me. This means though that i have to constantly wee which is a pain because sometimes i go around 4 or 5 times an hour. I never need to go to the toilet at night though but i alwaywake up with a really dry mouth. I don't really know what the other symptom s are but i i have lost about 1/2 a stone despite eating more because I'm constantly hungry.





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Hi am 19 now i have been diabetic for the last 11 years i now take insulin and lead a normal healthy life like any other person, if you have symptoms of diabetes it is important to inform your GP. i was hospitalized twice when i was younger i found it hard to deal with but now its just apart of life. As long as its well controlled nothing to worry about.





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My son is 14 and has had type 1 diabetes for 2 years he has had ketones for 6 weeks now with HI blood sugar readings, his consultant has told us he is now insuline resistant, he is not over weight. I have been trying to find more information on this and what can be done to treat my son because at the moment nothing is working and i am very worried.





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my daughter is only just turned two and i am wourried because she is constantly thirsty ive been through 2 bottles of diluted juice a day because of her thirstyness





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if she is losing weight take her to be tested dont wait

my daughter has type 1 dibetese. shes all ways hungery and the doctor said she can have some snacks in the day but i dont know what to give her as her blood sugar is always high and im sceard to death im doing something wrong. please help





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