Shalini’s twelve-year-old son Dhruv was just diagnosed with diabetes. He had been experiencing excessive urination and his weight had dropped considerably over the past few months. Diabetes ran in Shalini’s family but she was really taken aback when her son developed the condition as such a tender age. Her doctor put Dhruv on diabetes treatment and told Shalini not to worry. With regular medication, Dhruv could live a normal life.
Diabetes has indeed become a global epidemic in the 21st century. With startling statistics world over, parents have become ever more cautious on looking after their children’s diet and lifestyle. Experts blame the sedentary modern lifestyle for this trend. Most children prefer to spend their free time on social media sites and videogames as opposed to playing in the outdoors. With most households being nuclear with two working parents, adult supervision is often lacking. Thus, children often make their own decisions for snacking and activities and often these are not healthy ones.
Causes of Diabetes in Children
Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas is unable to produce sufficient levels of insulin. Without insulin, sugar in the blood cannot travel to cells, thus leading to high blood sugar levels. Causes of diabetes can be genetic and environmental.
Genetic: Diabetes generally runs in families. While most people are aware of this, they are not aware that diabetes can develop in childhood as well.
Environmental: These factors include diet and lifestyle choices. Diets high in sugar, processed ingredients, oil, and salt increase the risk of childhood diabetes. Lack of exercise and high stress levels are also contributing factors.
Signs and Symptoms
Diabetes is a subtle disease and the symptoms often go unnoticed. Here are the main warning signals to watch out for in your child.
Excessive thirst and hunger
Numbness or burning in feet and hands
Fatigue and light-headedness
Sudden mood swings
Complaints of blurred vision
Diabetes is a condition that needs to be treated immediately. If left untreated, high levels of glucose in the blood can cause severe health complications for your child. diabetes treatment focuses on overall well-being and not just insulin level regulation. Here are some health complications known to arise from high sugar levels.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can greatly increase the risk of your child developing heart disease in the near future. This can include hypertension, heart attack, or even stroke at an early age.
Teenagers can also suffer kidney failure due to uncontrolled diabetes. Dialysis is a painful and lifelong condition.
Diabetes affects the immune system and this often reflects in skin and hair health. Diabetic children are known to suffer from bacterial or fungal infections more frequently than other children.
Insufficient insulin levels affect thyroid health. Untreated thyroid disorders come with health complications of their own. This is mainly experienced by girls with diabetes as they suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
High levels of sugar in the blood affect the tissues in the eyes and lead to swelling. This causes blurry vision. Untreated diabetes can cause early onset of glaucoma or cataract.
Diagnosis and Diabetes Treatment
Diagnosis of diabetes involves a series of blood tests. The doctor will also check your child’s kidney function and cholesterol levels. Once diagnosed, treatment for diabetes involves insulin treatment and constant blood sugar monitoring. The medicines and insulin levels will keep changing as your child grows; especially if your child is going through puberty.In addition, a nutritionist will prescribe a diet chart with foods that are healthy for diabetics. A combination of healthy eating and an active lifestyle helps bring diabetes under control for the long run.
Homeopathy Treatment for Diabetes
Homeopathic treatment for diabetes focuses on regularising insulin levels while strengthening the immune system. Homeopathy also seeks to prevent the onset of diabetes related health complications such as carbuncles, kidney failure, glaucoma, cataract, retinopathy, and neuropathy. While providing immediate relief from the symptoms of diabetes, homeopathic medicines help control the condition for life. Homeopathy treatment for diabetes is free from harmful side-effects that are normally found in chemical medications. This makes the treatment especially suitable for children suffering from high blood sugar problems. Do not let diabetes steal your child’s chance at a normal and successful future. Consult a homeopathic doctor today.
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