Juvenile Diabetes Problem And Solution
Today 14th November is Children’s day and World Diabetes Day too; so we at IWB thought to talk about Juvenile diabetes as we have never ever made our readers aware about this aspect of diabetes. Today 5-10% of the known cases of diabetes are of type 1 diabetes or Juvenile diabetes. Juvenile diabetes is also known as Type 1 diabetes. I am reminded of a beautiful 12 year old girl in Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir where I was working as a teacher. There was this girl whose mother was allowed inside the classroom during lunch break to feed the girl and give her insulin shot. It shocked me to know that the young girl was a juvenile diabetic for the last two years. It was a terrible feeling to see this girl getting tired so often during games period and sitting on a corner bench catching her breath. Winters in Udhampur were terrible for her as she was not able to go for her regular swimming classes, the only sports activity she was happy doing. I don’t know, where that girl is now and how is she managing her life with diabetes but I want to dedicate this post to all young kids like her suffering from Type 1 Diabetes or Juvenile diabetes.
Causes of Juvenile Diabetes
Juvenile diabetes is Type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disease. It is also like type 2 diabetes, which is a condition related to high level of blood sugars as the body sometimes does not make enough insulin. At times the insulin is being made but cannot be used properly by the body. It occurs when the body’s inbuilt immune system attacks the beta cells of the pancreas. These are the cells that create insulin and people with type 1 diabetes are not able to make enough insulin so as to control their blood sugar. Why the immune system attacks these beta cells, well the reasons are still unknown.
Cold weather may increase the risk for type 1 diabetes, so those who live in cold climates may have a higher risk.
Heredity may be important in some cases of type 1 diabetes. If any of your family members have the condition,then the risk of you getting type 1 diabetes is more. But the good news is that it is not mandatory as there are different genes linked to this condition, thus if you are at risk for type 1 diabetes doesn’t mean you will develop the condition.
Younger people between 11 and 14 years old are more likely to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Though it is an auto immune disease yet, there is something in particular, still unknown, which researchers say works as a trigger to cause type 1 diabetes.
Bad eating habits
Bad eating habits can be considered a kind of trigger point for type 1 diabetes as the meals loaded with bad carbohydrates is a potent weapon to start this condition in children.
What can help?
Carbohydrate counting can help juvenile diabetics manage blood glucose levels. There is a need to keep track of how many carbohydrates are being consumed per day and per meal. The amount of carbs required per meal varies from person to person, but research has proven that a diet low on carbohydrates can be helpful in keeping sugar levels controlled.
Better Activity levels
Low levels of activity is something that along with a bad diet can aggravate type 1 diabetes and as elders we need the kids to know the importance of increasing activity levels through games and sports. So inculcating the habit of outdoor games can help Juvenile diabetics.
Right food choices
At this point where India is facing a serious problem of juvenile diabetes in recent years we need to make our younger generations understand the repercussions of their easy and inactive lifestyle. They need to be made to understand that carbohydrates especially found in white refined foods are their actual enemy. They need to be made to understand that earlier they develop a taste for healthier options of food, it will be better for their life after 30.
Have you understood Juvenile Diabetes problem and the solution?
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