Does my child have diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to process sugars itself. People with diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, dementia and amputation of body parts. Because not everyone has equally clear symptoms of diabetes, it is sometimes difficult to recognize whether someone has it. Many symptoms such as thirst, a lot of peeing and fatigue are not strange in themselves, so no alarm bells start ringing. Characteristics of type 2 diabetes are disrupted fat metabolism and blood pressure, the body’s insensitivity to insulin and that the body itself produces too little insulin.

How can I help my child?

For children who have to inject insulin every day, the help of parents is highly desirable. But as a parent you can do more. First of all, make sure that you are well informed about the disease and that you keep abreast of the latest developments in this area. Also pay attention to what you serve your child during dinner and what your child eats throughout the day. Make sure your child gets enough exercise. Furthermore, keep an eye on your child’s feet daily and make sure that your child goes to check on time several times a year.

Special attention to teenagers

Special attention must be paid to teenagers with diabetes. The mood of this group of diabetic patients can have a strong influence on keeping blood glucose levels under control. It is important that teenagers are helped to get into a positive mood, so that blood glucose levels and insulin delivery are improved.