What You Think You Know About Type-1 Diabetes in Children
When you hear the word diabetes, you may think of an unhealthy lifestyle or being overweight. However, this is not the case for type-1 diabetes, especially in children.November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. More than 29 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes; however, only five percent of those are diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, and most of that population is diagnosed as children.When you hear the word diabetes, you may think of an unhealthy lifestyle or being overweight or inactive. However, this is not the case for type-1 diabetes, especially in children.Type-1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body does not produce insulin. Living with type-1 diabetes is a constant battle, as it requires constant monitoring of blood sugars through finger prick checks, injecting insulin with every meal, and counting carbohydrates. However, despite these challenges, the outlook for youth diagnosed with diabetes has never looked better. Marina Chaparro, MPH, RDN, discusses the latest advances in technology in diabetes care, including sensors, insulin pumps, and pancreatic transplants. She also shares how to recognize warning signs of type-1 diabetes in children.