According to a recent study, parental involvement in managing type 1 or juvenile diabetes is the key to control of the disease and prevention of further complications.
Yes, having a child with diabetes is distressing and difficult. However, when parents monitor the condition of their child closely, there is a better chance that children will take better care of themselves as well.
On the other hand, parents who show laxity in this regard tend to have a situation where the diabetes of the child is poorly managed.
The problems that could stem from juvenile diabetes can include:
- Heart disease is one of the major medical issues that is connected with diabetes.
- Kidney failure is something that can also result from acute or poorly managed diabetes.
- In extreme cases, failing eyesight or blindness can also be a direct result of diabetes.
- It has been seen that diabetes, if not properly managed, can cause the life expectancy to reduce by as much as 7 to 10 years.
Parents can do the following:
- Measure blood glucose through the day
- Administer insulin injections
- Monitor how much fat and carbohydrates the child is eating
- Monitor activity levels
- Making sure proper medication is being taken
Source: US News