Diabetes is a dangerous condition that can cause other illnesses and problems. People who have diabetes need to keep track of everything they eat, how often they eat, and how high their level of blood sugar is. Unfortunately, this disease does not affect only adult people; it also affects children and teenagers.
“Diabetes increases the risks of heart disease and stroke and can also lead to kidney disease and blindness,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser
When the disorder is found in children and teenagers, it is called juvenile diabetes. The problem is that children and young adults have a harder time keeping track of everything. Once you are a mature person, you know what to do, but children tend to be careless.
Teenagers tend to develop Type 2 diabetes more often than Type 1. Diabetes is developed once a person has a high level of blood sugar due to the fact that his or her pancreas is not producing enough insulin. Once this happens the individuals have too much glucose in their blood and they need to be extra careful with what they eat. In order to decrease the level of sugar, they need to take pills or shots of insulin.
A report shows that more than 25% of teenagers in the U.S have juvenile diabetes or are about to develop it. If they have pre-diabetes, it means that their levels of sugar are big but not big enough to be considered diabetes. People who have pre-diabetes need to change their diets and to avoid anything that contains sugar in order to stop them from developing this condition in the future.
The ones that are the most affected by juvenile diabetes are children between the ages of 12 and 19. They are more vulnerable that younger kids because of their suffering transformations due to puberty. A recent report showed that since 2007 the number of teens who developed juvenile diabetes or pre-diabetes have increased with more than 23%.
Insulin resistance is another factor that can cause juvenile diabetes. While teens are in their puberty years they might develop this resistance to insulin and their blood sugar levels might be bigger than normal. The ones that should stay alerted are the parents. They need to take their children to doctors and to make them take some blood samples once in a while to check if everything is alright.
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