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TYPE 1 DIABETES

A Childs  Perspective :TYPE 1 DIABETES

Symptoms

“I was 13 when I was diagnosed as TYPE 1 DIABETES Mellitus.” The symptoms had been there for some time. However, things came to fore when I made a road trip to Pondicherry with my family from Bangalore for a few days. Throughout the trip I was feeling weak, and once we returned I had a spell of chronic fatigue, seeing this my parents immediately took me to a doctor.

Prognosis

Looking at my symptoms the Dr referred me to an Endocrinologist to rule out diabetes. To my good luck, we found the best Endocrinologist in Bangalore. Looking at the symptoms he suspected diabetes. Blood tests had to be done to confirm this. When the first blood sample was taken the sugar readings were alarmingly high. Dr immediately prescribed insulin doses. Thus, when I was about 13, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was quite shocking for both me and my family. I never thought such a thing would happen to me.

Dismay

I always had a passion for cooking and baking also I loved chocolate and other sweets. So it was very difficult for me to control myself from eating sweets and chocolates. My brother and my cousins would eat chocolates and I would sit in a corner and sulk. My parents were always a source of constant support for me and would comfort me through such times. There were many restrictions on my food intake and I would feel really bad. There was pain initially due to the injections and sugar testing and all. We went to many doctors, but they all had only one thing to say

There is no cure for diabetes

Dealing With it

We tried everything from Ayurveda to allopathy but the effect was only temporary and would wear off soon. These were very trying times for all of us. I went through many ups and downs and would constantly think to myself

“Why Me?”

But it was at this stage in life; that I realized that I was indeed a blessed person. I had a good support system in place. My parents, grandparents, family, and friends always supported me and helped me out in whatever way possible. Everyone would try and find out how to help me and we tried out everything. Gradually we realized that we could not cure it but with small changes in our lifestyle, we could definitely control it.

Coming to Terms

Gradually, things were under control and became easy for me. Because of this, I picked up a sport, badminton. I used to play with my mom and dad and all uncles and aunties for around 2 hours every day. This helped me a lot not only in controlling my sugar levels but also excelling in the game. It helped me win the school Badminton Championship when I was in Ninth grade and this also increased my confidence.  I picked up Bharatnatyam which I had left when I was in Fourth grade. I won the Talent Show Competition; got to perform a solo dance for my school annual program. My performance was appreciated by one and all. The next year when I was in Tenth grade I was elected and appointed the Head Girl of my school. It was a very proud moment for me.

It was a crucial stage of my life, preparing for my class Tenth Board Exams. The pressure was quite immense. However, with the constant support of my parents, grandparents, teachers, principal and friends I was able to conquer all the difficulties. It was the faith shown in me by my parents and grandparents that helped me to do very well in the exams and secure good marks.

Now it has been 3 years since I was diagnosed as being diabetic and so far life has been good. I am healthier than before as I don’t eat much of junk food, I have started interacting with nature due to evening walks and cycling. I still continue to cook and bake because nothing can keep me away from food because I love food and I am the biggest foodie you have ever met… now I am in the 12th grade and I am preparing for JEE… I realize the sky is the limit and there is nothing that I can’t achieve in life. This is not a handicap and now it is just a way of life where we are more careful.    

Parents Perspective : TYPE 1 DIABETES

Diabetes? It is something that happens to others. Type 1 DM? IDDM? Hypoglycemia? What are all these? We were also blissfully unaware of all this till a few years back. As far as we were concerned diabetes was something

  • 1.       Which old people got.
  • 2.       And in this condition you can’t eat anything sweet.

All this changed, a few years back, when our child was diagnosed as being Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Once the shock wore off started the intensive research work into this area. I would like to share some of our experiences.

What is Type1 Diabetes Mellitus?

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Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic disease. It is an autoimmune condition where the immune system of the body attacks the Pancreas and destroys the Beta cells present there. The Beta cells are responsible for producing insulin in the body. With the Beta cells destroyed pancreas is unable to produce insulin and the blood sugar levels go unchecked. Insulin is essential for the body to be able to process the glucose levels in the body.

Who Can Get Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and How?

The condition of Type1 DM is most prevalent in children and young adults and is also called Juvenile Diabetes. Only about 5% of people with diabetes have Type1 DM. How one can get Type1 DM is quite unclear. It is believed that genes play a role in who can get this type of diabetes. Also, exposure to some virus might trigger off the autoimmune system to attack and destroy the Beta Cells. This type of diabetes cannot be prevented. One cannot predict who will get it and it has nothing to do with what either the parents or the child did.

Symptoms of Type1 Diabetes Mellitus.

SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES
SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES

The symptoms of diabetes can take a few months or years to become apparent. They might be present for some time before it becomes serious enough to be noticed. Some of the most common symptoms of type1 dm are:

  • 1. Sudden and excessive weight loss.
  • 2.       Excessive thirst.
  • 3.       Excessive hunger.
  • 4.       Frequent urination.
  • 5.       Fatigue.
  • 6.       Blurred vision.
  • 7.       Bad breath.
  • 8.       Nausea
  • 9.       Vomiting and stomach pain.
  • 10.   Mood changes.
  • 11.   Infections and itching in the urinary tract and Penis/vagina.

When diabetes goes undetected for long the patient may develop ketoacidosis, which may turn fatal. Hence, if your child is showing any of the above symptoms, it is recommended to get them tested for diabetes.

Treating Type1 Diabetes Mellitus

If the doctor suspects type1 dm; a battery of tests (blood and urine) will have to be carried out. Once it is confirmed, some scans will also be required to be carried out; to see the extent of invasion to major body organs. The treatment for type1 dm is only insulin injections. The patient will have to monitor their blood glucose levels and take up to 4 insulin injections in a day to keep their blood glucose levels under check. The insulin pump can also be used, however, it is not without its drawbacks. As of date, there is no cure for type1 diabetes mellitus.

Treatment of type1 dm is not only controlling the blood glucose levels, but also ensuring good mental health, physical health, emotional health, social growth and preventing health issues. Though medicine as we know it does not have any cure at the moment, we can try other means to help and control the blood glucose levels. Some of the measures which can be adopted are:

  •         Meditation
  •         Ayurveda
  •         Acupressure
  •         Acupuncture

However, please do understand, that these are in no way a cure for diabetes. Insulin management, as recommended by the doctor, is not to be stopped or discontinued. These methods will only provide some temporary relief and help in keeping the glucose levels within limits.

Complications of Type1 Diabetes Mellitus

People suffering from Type1 dm have very high sugar levels in their blood. Damage to major organs of the body may take place if the blood glucose levels are not kept under control. Some of the complications associated with diabetes are:

  •         Damage to Kidney
  •         Eye problems
  •         Increased risk of heart ailments
  •         Nerve damage
  •         Long time for wounds to heal
  •         Infections in feet.

Managing Type1 Diabetes Mellitus

Now comes the difficult and most crucial part of this disease. Coming to terms with this disease is very essential. As a parent, it is very difficult and traumatic to have your child diagnosed with a lifelong disease that does not have any cure. However, you have to realize that it is equally traumatic for the child also and they will be looking to you for guidance on how to handle this issue. It is most important to reassure them, believe me, it is easier for the child to come to terms than the parent. Some of the steps you can take as a parent in helping your child manage diabetes better are:

  •         Give constant encouragement to your child.
  •         Make them exercise properly.
  •         Monitor & control their diet.
  •         Help them be aware of the various complications that can arise and teach them ways to cope with it.
  •         Be present with them when they are taking injections.
  •         Be patient with them and answer all queries.
  •         Allay all their fears.
  •         Get in touch with their friends and educate them on the situation and also what needs to be done in an emergency.
  •         Inform the school authorities.
  •       Be in close contact with the doctor and other health caregivers.
  •       Be alert to any changes.

Though there is no cure at the moment for this disease, controlling and managing the following three can help regulate it:

  •         Healthy diet
  •         Regular exercise like jogging, swimming, playing games like badminton, working out in the gym, etc.
  •     Managing insulin injections.

Living With Diabetes

All said and done it can get quite overwhelming to live with diabetes. There are spells when the blood glucose levels are so high and they tend to get very moody. Then come the spells of hypoglycemia when the blood glucose levels dip so dangerously low. We have learned to deal with it and so will you. Once you realize that it’s just a medical condition and not a handicap & certainly not the end of the world.

Like all medical conditions you just need to be more aware and careful. Situations can be trying especially if the child is entering into their teens and is quite rebellious at this stage of life. But let them be, they are trying out their independence, trying to spread their wings. Remember, nothing is impossible for your child. Stand by them, believe in them, encourage them to dream and help them make their dreams come true.

Summary

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  1. What is Type1 Diabetes Mellitus?

    Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic disease. It is an autoimmune condition where the immune system of the body attacks the Pancreas and destroys the Beta cells present there. The Beta cells are responsible for producing insulin in the body. With the Beta cells, destroyed pancreas is unable to produce insulin and the blood sugar levels go unchecked. Insulin is essential for the body to be able to process the glucose levels in the body.

  2. Who Can Get Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and How?

    The condition of Type1 DM is most prevalent in children and young adults and is also called Juvenile Diabetes. Only about 5% of people with diabetes have Type1 DM. How one can get Type1 DM is quite unclear. It is believed that genes play a role in who can get this type of diabetes. Also, exposure to some virus might trigger off the autoimmune system to attack and destroy the Beta Cells. This type of diabetes cannot be prevented. One cannot predict who will get it and it has nothing to do with what either the parents or the child did.

  3. What are the Symptoms of Type1 Diabetes Mellitus?

    1. Sudden and excessive weight loss.
    2.       Excessive thirst.
    3.       Excessive hunger.
    4.       Frequent urination.
    5.       Fatigue.
    6.       Blurred vision.
    7.       Bad breath.
    8.       Nausea
    9.       Vomiting and stomach pain.
    10.   Mood changes.
    11.   Infections and itching in the urinary tract and penis/vagina.

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9 thoughts on “TYPE 1 DIABETES”

  1. Beautifully expressed.
    Really commendable, both parents and the lovely child.
    Parents be proud. Am sure this big issue has already been sidelined as a slight aberration in her life !
    And congratulations to the parents who have guided themselves and the child to be what she is today ….
    May she touch the best things in life, be successful and happy always, and remain tough like a diamond to shine forever.

    Godspeed

  2. Presented very nicely, which makes it easy for even a layman to understand. Compiling is perfect, totally informative.

  3. I was so glad to see a very confident and pretty girl Ananya when I met her recently, now when I read this beautifully expressed article I see a fighter and a soldier like qualities in her..I’m so proud of you and equally proud of your parents who handled it so well.
    Let me tell you today that you’ll shine like a star n do very well in your future endeavours..good luck 😍😘😘and a big God bless 🙌🙌

  4. Well written..Proud of you and your parents..
    Sometimes we have to break before we shine…
    All the best wishes to you my dear child..

  5. آموزش تنظیم ویندوز 10

    Hallo Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone the content! many thanks

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