Years ago, it was rare to hear that someone died because of diabetes but now, it is very common to have diabetes. Almost one person in each family has diabetes. Diabetes can affect any person of any age and now diabetes in children becomes very popular.
The most painful and difficult thing for any parent is to hear that their children have diabetes. Of course, it is more difficult for the child. The children who can eat everything and anything they want and suddenly they need to stop eating their favorite foods and start eating diabetes medicines with a strict diet plan. This is the most difficult situation for any child to deal with such restrictions.
We normally think that diabetes is caused by obesity, inactivity and consumption of lot of sweets but the most common form of diabetes in children is type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune condition unrelated to weight or lifestyle. Children are rarely diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but in recent years there has been an increase in the number of children with type 2 diabetes. In type 1, a small gland behind the stomach produces little or no insulin whereas in type 2, there is insulin but the body has become resistance to it.
The most common question of all parents is how to tackle children with diabetes? Telling your children that they have a chronic illness can be quite hard so prepare yourself. You need to tackle the problem together with your child. You need to teach your child about a healthy diet which is the main key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, body and to control the diabetes. There is no great secret to healthy eating. To help your children, you need to develop healthy eating habits which include the following things.
- Eating plenty of vegetables, foods and whole-grains products.
- Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products. Choose lean meat, fish and beans for protein.
- Encourage your child to drink plenty of water.
- Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
Although everything can be enjoyed in moderation, reducing the calories-rich temptations of high fat and high sugar as well as salty-snacks can also help your children in developing healthy eating habits. Actually, a diabetic child does not need to be prescribed a particular diabetes diet as such. You need to get your child to the doctor. The doctor will tell you the exact cause and type of diabetes that your child has. Through blood glucose testing you may find that some foods are better for your child’s blood glucose control than others.
You should also give an exercise session to your child for maintaining good blood sugar level in his/her body. Your child should get exercise for at least 60 minutes every day. Studies show that exercise has a dramatic effect on reducing insulin resistance. Diabetes in children is really difficult to tackle but not impossible. You need to show your child that diabetes is not the end of the world. It can be challenging but your child can easily control diabetes. For a parent, it may be a big adjustment but as long as you manage and keep a positive outlook, you can help your child in living a healthy life without any diabetes’ complications.