World Diabetes day is coming up – because of this we want to raise awareness for you and your children on how to spot diabetes symptoms and how to effectively communicate between you and your child about Diabetes. In Australia, 280 people develop diabetes every day. Educating yourself and your children is vital to prevention and management of diabetes, especially at a young age. It is common amongst most people to think that diabetes only comes from living an unhealthy lifestyle, which is true for type 2 diabetes, but not the case with type 1. It is very important to understand both types of Diabetes.
Here at The Brook, we have one child who suffers from type 1 diabetes, which makes this day very important to us all. This is also why we are making an effort to educate parents, children, and educators on this topic.
Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune condition which renders the body to be unable to produce the natural, needed amount of insulin in the pancreas. This means that external amounts of insulin need to be delivered when necessary. Unfortunately for this type of Diabetes there is no cure or prevention as it is a condition that can developed at different stages in life. It is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions and in extreme cases can become life threatening if not properly cared for.
These are some symptoms to help you spot diabetes in yourself and your children:
If you notice any of these symptoms or they start to occur suddenly, see a doctor immediately. Through a quick blood test, they are able to see if you have type 1 diabetes.
Not only is knowing the condition important, knowing how to be aware and effectively communicate when you are in need is vital. In a childcare setting, we are trained to look out for signs, however, it is very important that the children know when and how to communicate their needs so that people are able to help them. This means that the children will need to know themselves when they are feeling in need of help to balance their insulin levels. Education on their symptoms starts at home.
Type 2 Diabetes has the same principles as type 1 Diabetes in how the body deals with insulin yet differs as it is a progressive condition. Type 2 Diabetes is where the body becomes resistant to the normal effect of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. This type is a progressive condition where the symptoms will become more severe as time goes on and can be a detrimental to the body later in life.
Type 2 Diabetes has the same symptoms as type 1 but it also has strong genetic risk factors and CAN be managed through various health and lifestyle changes. If you notice any of these symptoms it is important to see a doctor to pin point which type of Diabetes you or your child may have.
Because type 2 Diabetes is a progressive condition, it is vital to be aware of your children’s health patterns at a young age. Type 2 Diabetes represents 85-90% of all diabetes cases in Australia. Being aware of what your child is eating and making sure they have a healthy and balanced diet is the first step towards proper insulin management. If your family has history of type 2 Diabetes, then managing their awareness and health at a young age becomes that much more important.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our child care services.