Our son's "normal" behavior was Type 1 Diabetes. What you should know

Krystyna - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )




Our 5.5 yr old son was diagnosed in October 2009. He was always thirsty and drinking a lot, always going to the bathroom, wetting the bed at night, and sometimes so lethargic, tired and burnt out. Never in a million years did we suspect that he had Type 1 Diabetes. A simple visit to the Dr. and a urine dip gave us the diagnosis. Please pay attention to your child and the symptoms below. They may seem normal, but may be a sign of something worse. Get it checked out either way. 200 children a day are diagnosed around the world. The highest occurance is in children ages 5-9.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacksand destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
• Type 1 diabetes strikes children and adults suddenly, leaving them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While the causes of this process are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
• Living with type 1 diabetes means living a very structured lifestyle in order to adequately regulate blood sugar and avoid complications.
• Type 1 diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, stroke, heart disease, nerve damage and amputation.
• Warning signs and symptoms include: extreme thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness or lethargy,increased appetite, sudden weight loss for no reason, sudden vision changes, sugar in urine, fruity odour on breath, heavy or laboured breathing, stupor or unconsciousness. These symptoms may occur suddenly.

The process that destroys the insulin-producing beta cells can be a long and insidious one. At the point when insulin production bottoms out, however, type 1 diabetes usually appears suddenly and progresses quickly. Warning signs of type 1 diabetes include:

•Frequent urination (in children, a recurrence of bed-wetting after toilet training has been completed)
•Unusual thirst, especially for sweet, cold drinks
•Extreme hunger
•Sudden, sometimes dramatic, weight loss
•Extreme fatigue
•Blurred vision or other changes in eyesight
•Nausea and vomiting (acute symptoms)
Children with type 1 diabetes may also be restless, apathetic, and have trouble functioning at school. In severe cases, diabetic coma may be the first sign of type 1 diabetes.


Andrea - posted on 06/05/2010




Do you have a Dexcom CGMS Continuous Glucose Monitor System for your child? If not look into it. Go to their website or google Dexcom. Total life saver it tracks and trends blood glucose levels 24/7. Some insurances will even cover. I know it works and may provide peace of mind for you and your family.

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