Childhood Diabetes Detection and Prevetion

Thankfully, it’s a low number of children who are affected by type 1 diabetes, less than one in 400 adolescents nationwide.   On the other hand, type 1 diabetes usually develops quickly, over a few days to weeks, and is caused by blood sugar levels rising above the normal range (hyperglycemia).

 What is the risk for a Latino child?  Here are the statistical rates which affect Hispanics according to the American Diabetes Association:

  • 7.6% for Cubans
  • 13.3% for Mexican Americans
  • 13.8% for Puerto Ricans.

Early detection may delay or prevent onset of the disease. Early symptoms may be overlooked, especially if the child has recently had an illness, such as influenza (the flu). Known type 1 diabetes symptoms include:

  1. Frequent urination, which may be more noticeable at night. Some young children who have learned to use the toilet may start wetting the bed during naps or at night.
  2. Extreme thirst and a dry mouth.
  3. Weight loss.
  4. Increased hunger (possibly)

And another idea:  Getting a flu shot is good prevention for any age!   You may know these best 3 tips from CDC for avoiding the flu within easy reach:  get a flu shot, perform continual hand-washing and take the anti-viral medication prescribed by your doctor, if symptoms appear like a fever or body chills.