3 things you can do to help stop diabetes in its tracks

Today is World Diabetes Day. Have you donned blue today?
Diabetes action groups are asking folks to get dressed in blue today to bring awareness to growing health issue of diabetes.

As parents and caregivers to children we can respond to the call to action in many ways. Today we’re asking you to do three things:

1. Know what Diabetes is and the difference between Type 1 and Type 2

Diabetes refers to metabolism disorders, that affect how you process digested food for growth and energy.

Type 1 Diabetes

People with Type 1 Diabetes do not produce the insulin needed to move sugar, glucose, into the body’s cells so that they may function and help us grow and  move. The sugar stays in the blood stream.

We don’t know what causes Type 1 Diabetes and there is no cure.

Type 1 diabetes usually presents when you’re a child. Type 1 and 2 are not the same. Type 1 cannot be controlled by diet and exercise because it is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack the cells that produce insulin.

Local Tucson children with type one diabetes perform a parody of All about the Bass to bring awareness to the need for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an insulin insensitivity that can initially be helped by diet and exercise.

People with Type 2 Diabetes are unable to produce enough insulin or their bodies are unable to utilize it properly to move the glucose into the cells.

Type 2 Diabetes use to be considered an illness of adulthood, but increasingly Type 2 is seen in children too.

We don’t know exactly what causes Type 2 Diabetes, but it is closely linked to weight and exercise. Type 2 be prevented and treated with good nutrition and exercise.

2. Know the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes so you can be on the look out

The symptoms can appear in infants. Recognizing these symptoms could save a life.

Warning signs (these may occur suddenly):
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

3. Take a walk as a family

Today  – resist the temptation to turn on the television after dinner. Go take a walk as a family. Exercise and good nutrition can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and help those living with this form of diabetes.

This video highlights some of the concerns associated with Type 2 Diabetes

For more information on Diabetes in Children check out our Health Encyclopedia on Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Join us and take action on diabetes.

Check out Addie’s story – Son, brother, friend and Type 1 Diabetic.