Diabetes in children is particularly demanding.
The pancreas ceases to make enough insulin, the hormone that enables the body convert glucose to energy. The pancreas ceases to make enough insulin again, leaving the child always insulin dependent.
Parents or carers of children diabetics have to learn the ways in which carbohydrates affect blood sugar, method of checking for ketones in urine and how to prick the child’s finger for the blood sugar levels and give insulin injections.
If it was only a matter of giving a certain amount of insulin a few times each day, diabetes would be simple.
But instead it’s constantly counting carbohydrates, trying to match the amount of insulin to the carbohydrate intake. And then what works one day doesn’t work the next.
All in all though the key factor is diabetes care and diabetics can lead normal, productive lives.

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