Frequent urination and thirst are two common signs of diabetes in young children, according to the American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/ Being hungry is another sign. Diabetes also tends to run in families.
The Mayo Clinic explains, “excess sugar builds up in your child’s bloodstream, fluids are pulled from the tissues. This may leave your child thirsty. As a result, your child may drink – and urinate- more than usual.”
Diabetes happens when there isn’t enough insulin “to move sugar into the cells (and) your child’s muscles and organs become energy depleted,” according to the Mayo Clinic. This results in extreme hunger.
The Mayo Clinic also states that diabetes can affect “your child’s ability to focus clearly.” This happens due to blood sugar levels.
The American Diabetes Association states that in the United States, “one out of three people born after 2000… will be directly affected by Diabetes.” There are over 160,000 in the Charlotte Metro area living with Diabetes.
How to identify Diabetes
A blood sugar test for glucose levels can be done in your local doctor’s or pediatrician’s office. Anything below 5.7 is normal, according to the American Diabetes Association. Above that, another test may be done on another day. For more information on blood glucose levels, go here .
Children attending preschool in North Carolina are required to have a physical on file at the preschool. This physical should consist of a blood test and the results should be recorded on the physical form.
If you suspect that your child may be exhibiting signs of diabetes, take them to get a blood test for glucose levels. If it is high, follow up with a second or third visit for further testing. Do not wait. Diabetes can be deadly.