Juvenile Diabetes (T1D)

At what point would you put your child on a diet? At what point would you allow your child to drink soda? At what point would you call your child a name for their weight?

I think of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to understanding and being careful of what I would do or react to my child’s weight. I raised all 3 of my children the same. They all ate the same food, they all played the same way, and each one had their different body types. My side of the family is overweight with a skinny body. My ex’s side of the family have a stockier body frame.

With that said, one daughter was extremely thin as a child, thicker as a preteen, thin as a teen, and now as a young adult she is much thicker. My other daughter had was in the higher percentile for weight and size, by her preteens and teens she was extremely thin, once she had her boys she became what the US considers overweight, I say it is the baby weight and will loose it again. Finally, my son was so skinny as a young child but then he gained weight and continued to have weight issues into his young adult life. He took on a job that was manual labor and has thinned down some, however, he has a larger body and will more than likely continue to be thicker than his sisters.

I can’t use the excuse that it is because he is a man but because it is part of his body makeup. Because of this I wonder how my grandchildren will be and what are the concerns for other parents. I was never one to call my children names for their size, but I wasn’t the mother that fed them salads and no sugar. I would say I was a contributor to their size.

The concerns I did have was the fact that I has several issues of my own, heart, stomach, and auto immune system, my ex has high blood pressure and borderline diabetes. With these concerns I worry about my grandkids. I have decided to look for information regarding an issue that runs in the kid’s family, diabetes.

Diabetes is an awful disease, especially with kids. Juvenile Diabetes (T1D, Type 1 Diabetes) can make a person blind, emotional issues, and can cause death but with the help of medicine they can live a normal life. JDRF.org discusses the signs to watch out for but noting that it can come suddenly.

The reality is that signs of type 1 diabetes usually develop suddenly. And, that’s why it can be easy to brush them off or mistake them as something else. But the more you know about recognizing the warning signs, the more prepared you will be to seek treatment. So here’s what you should look for:

Fruity or sweet-smelling breath

High level of ketones in the blood can lead to an unusual wine-like odor in your breath. If left untreated, this can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which is life-threatening.

Extreme thirst

If you’re urinating more frequently, it can lead to dehydration and—ultimately—make you drink more liquids than usual.

Increased appetite

Suddenly starving all the time? It may be because your body isn’t able to get the proper energy it needs from food.

Unintentional weight loss

If your body is losing sugar in your urine instead of absorbing it, you may find that you lose weight without trying—even when eating more.

Other early signs of type 1 diabetes

Some other T1D symptoms that you should be on the look-out for include feeling lethargic or drowsy; heavy or labored breathing; and—eventually—unconsciousness. Ideally, it won’t get to that level. At the end of the day it’s important to listen to your body, recognize the warning signs and see your doctor as soon as possible.

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