The two types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Both make blood sugar levels higher than normal, but they do so in different ways.
It was an observant mum who noticed something unusual, from experience.
The Need to pee a lot. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the blood by flushing out the extra glucose in urine (pee). Kids with high blood sugar levels need to pee more often and make more pee. Kids or teens who develop type 1 diabetes may pee a lot!
She was waking up several times during the night to pee.
Then a medical examination.
And … immediate hospitalization!
It is widely speculated that diabetes occurred when inherited genetic characteristics are triggered by environmental factors such as diet or exercise.
What triggered this? A sudden high availability of a large quantity of chocolate and sweets? A silent tucking away of some under the pillow. A greedy intake, a dangerous trigger of a sleeping inherited genetic condition?
Many type 1 diabetic children do not have diabetes in their families however, so the exact cause remains a mystery.
Type 2 diabetes among children is usually caused by an extremely bad diet from a very young age, coupled with a sedentary lifestyle without exercise.
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