It’s not only adults that can get diabetes, especially diabetes mellitus type 1 or DM1. Kids are also at risk of developing this chronic disease. Diabetes isn’t solely influenced by genetic factors, this disease is also triggered by an unhealthy diet and lack of activity. DM1 disease that attacks children is a systemic disorder that occurs due to impaired glucose metabolism. You have to keep aware about this and get early detection.
Diabetes mellitus can occur in children regardless of age. Symptoms usually begin to look at the age of 5-7 years old. This situation can occur due to the damage of insulin producing cells in salivary gland gastric (pancreatic) so that the insulin production is reduced and even halted. Insulin is a hormone that play an important role to maintain a balance of sugar in the body. Diabetes mellitus is also caused by an autoimmune process, the damage of immune system which allowing the body to produce an anti-insulin producing cells.
Diabetes mellitus in children is a disease that can not be prevented. In fact, it’s very difficult to find it earlier before the onset of clinical symptoms. Diabetes mellitus symptoms which you may find in your children include:
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Sour-smelling breath
- Fungal infection of the skin
- Blurred vision
- Vomiting and abdominal pain
Sometimes those symptoms are often misinterpreted by parents and experts as appendicitis or other disease. That’s why a thorough medical examination is needed. If it left untreated and it’s not get a proper medication, it may lead to death.