Skip to main content

Diabetes Mellitus: How Diabetes is Affecting Our Kids

The graph of diabetes mellitus is rising steadily as a result of unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and hereditary factors.

What is Diabetes Mellitus in Children
Diabetes, known for its slow death phenomenon, has not spared even our kids. An increasing number of children are affected by the syndrome due to unhealthy eating habits and inactive lifestyle. Also known as juvenile diabetes, diabetes mellitus makes children dependent on insulin doses, as their pancreas are not able to synthesize insulin - key to converting glucose into energy. If we go by the American Diabetes Association statistics, five of every 3,000 kids in the United State are suffering from diabetes mellitus. The disease affects more children from African American, American Indian, Asians, and Hispanics.

Diabetes Mellitus in Children
In children, the most common cause of type 1 diabetes is the destruction of pancreatic cells, which is the result of lifestyle and nutritional changes. A chronic metabolic disorder, diabetes mellitus begins at a tender age of 6-7 years, primarily affecting children with genetic predisposition.

On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is the result of obesity and insulin resistance. Type 1 diabetes is more common than type 2 diabetes mellitus in the US; however, the incidence of T2DM is increasing at a rapid pace with the increased number of obesity cases. It is expected that T2DM cases will exceed T1DM in 10 years. 

Obesity or excess fat interferes with the body's metabolism, thus affecting its ability to regulate blood suagr.

Diabetes Mellitus in Children: Symptoms 
  • Polydipsia or excessive thirst: The accumulation of glucose in blood dehydrates the body, leading to a feeling of thirst. As a result, kids develop a tendency to drink more fluids.
  • Polyuria: As with diabetic adults, even kids with diabetes urinate more often due to the intake of more fluids because of dehydration.
  • Polyphagia or increased appetite: Children experience a feeling of excessive hunger caused by energy insufficiency due to the lack of insulin.
  • Sudden weight loss: Children may unexpectedly lose weight in spite of a good appetite, as their cells are not able to store energy. Moreover, there is lack of formation of fat or muscle mass.
  • Ketones: Children suffering from high blood glucose also experience high level of ketones in urine.
  • Weakness and irritability: Diabetic kids experience fatigue and tiredness more often due to lack of energy.
  • Fruity breath: Children with diabetes mellitus experience fruity smell in breath due to an increased number of ketones in their body, which burns fat for energy in place of sugar because of lack of insulin production.
  • Unconsciousness: The severe shortage of sugar in brain cells may make the affected kids prone to frequent spells of unconsciousness.

Prevention & Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus
Timely recognition of diabetes mellitus symptoms is the key to early diagnosis of the disease and timely treatment. It is the responsibility of parents to make sure their kids are served a healthy diet on the dining table. They should inculcate the habit of healthy eating in children. A diet rich in fiber is particularly good for diabetes. 

Insulin doses must be administered to patients experiencing excessively high glucose levels, which will act instantly to lower blood sugar. Regular monitoring of glucose levels is crucial to preventing any future complications. 

Children should be made aware of

  • the dangers of unhealthy eating habits
  • the repercussions of an inactive lifestyle
  • the importance of healthy food habits
  • the need to eliminate obesity
A blend of healthy eating habits and active lifestyle is the key to keeping blood sugar levels under control. So teach your kids to stay active. Why not ask them to walk to their friend’s place or cycle to school in order to burn calories? 

Comments

  1. I'm also under the notion that trauma and stress is a cause of juvenile diabetes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Liz for your message. Stress is a direct or indirect cause for many disorders today.

      Delete
  2. Very informative article. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks dear Ritu. It's important to spread the word about diabetes. Awareness is crucial.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

How To Make Weight Loss Cookies With Oatmeal, No Baking Powder

Who says you cannot munch on cookies when on a diet? Oc course, people will tell you thousand tales to avoid calorie-laden cookies. But what if cookies are homemade with the best of ingredients available?


Okay wait!

What does a weight loss regimen look like? What is the best food to eat on a diet?
Which foods are best avoided for weight loss?

Well, not a simple question, right?

Worry not! This blog will help you find the key to living healthy following a healthy lifestyle.
We live, eat, and talk healthy!!

It's anywhere, anytime health on our minds.
Of course, the only drawback is we do not breathe healthy, for there are so many pollutants in air these days that you cannot step out of your home without a burqa!! 

Anyway let's come back to the weight loss cookies recipe. Did I tell you this is a no baking powder cookie recipe?





If you are on a diet, one ingredient you MUST include in your meal plans is - oatmeal.
There is no substitute - trust me!
The fiber-rich oatmeal is a blessing for us …

Coconut Gujiya Recipe Without Mawa: Baked in Airfryer

Let's take baked gujiya challenge!
Are you ready for this holi recipe?
Whole Wheat Gujiya (airfried/baked) - yes, my dear friends, this holi-special recipe comes straight from the kitchen of Anita Chahal aunty.  With holi around the corner, it will be gujjiya day in most homes in the country. What better way to serve your family and friends with this traditional delicacy than giving it a healthier twist?
What makes this gujiya recipe healthy?
Well, what is so special about the traditional gujiya that you relish on the eve of holi?

It is calorie-laden - and if you are watching your weight, have high cholesterol, thyroid, or hormonal disturbances, you might want a healthier gujiya option, right?

So my dear Anita Chahal aunty has come up with an atta gujiya alternative instead of maida.
What makes this gujiya recipe even healthier is the baking part. Yes, my dear friends, aunty ji has chosen to airfry gujiyas, which significantly cuts down the calories from fat that come with deep fryi…

No Cream Pista Kulfi With Leftover Rice- Sugarless Ice Cream for Pistachio Lovers

This no cream pistachio kulfi is a sure-shot way to enjoy a creamless creamy delight to beat the heat.
 If this creamy delight grabs your attention, then the secret ingredient would spark your interest more. The secret to this recipe will bowl you over, making it a no cream creamy delight. Any takers?  The "secret" is one of the most common ingredients in every kitchen, which has turned this creamy sugarless kulfi into a keeper recipe. No, it is not oats this time.
On top of it, this kulfi requires no heating, no cooking. So doesn't that make it even simpler?


Too many of secrets these days, isn't it?
Well, I do not keep a lot of secrets and tend to reveal my culinary experiments with you all.
Let's break the silence on the secret of this healthy dessert.

You have leftover rice quite often and wonder what to do with the same, isn't it? Hey, why not try out a kulfi or dessert with the same. A few years back, I experimented with leftover rice to create one of t…

Authentic South Indian Recipes

Authentic South Indian Recipes
If you love south Indian food, do not leave without checking this page. Dedicated to Chitra Balachander, a south Indian homemaker, the page is all about taking a journey into her south Indian kitchen. Travel with me to her kitchen to savor traditional south Indian food.

North Indian Punjabi Recipes

North Indian Punjabi Recipes
If Punjabi recipes tempt your taste buds, then this page is a must-visit. Take a peep into Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen and see what authentic Punjabi food is all about. You will also find fusion recipes from Anita aunty's Punjabi kitchen. Not to mention, she has started to share OPOS recipes as well.