What are the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in Children?

As of the year 2018, the total population of India is about 1.35 billion, while there are 50 million of that population that suffer from diabetes. These are staggering numbers to say the least. Research by the World Health Organization has predicted this number to rise to 87 million by the year 2030.

One of the factors contributing to increased risks of Type 2 Diabetes is aging. In fact, Type 2 diabetes was once called “adult-onset” because adults aged 45 to 64, were most likely to be affected by it. However, it’s alarming that now diabetes has started to attack at a very young age. There are 1.1 lakh children suffering from diabetes, out of which there are 40,000 of those suffering from Type 2 diabetes. This disease is a silent one, creeping into everyday life without your knowledge and then attacking very suddenly. To prevent such disarming shocks, we have listed some of the symptoms to look for in a child to see if he/she might be suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

  1. Excessive Fatigue
  2. Frequent Urination
  3. Excessive Thirst
  4. Increased Hunger
  5. Slow healing Sores
  6. Darkened Skin
  7. Weight Loss Despite Increase in Appetite
  8. Irritability and change in moods
  9. Tingling or loss of feeling in the hands or feet
  10. Nausea and vomiting

These are few of the symptoms to look out for in your child to prevent the escalation of diabetes, to a level where the blood sugar is too high, and the production of insulin has decreased, forcing doctors to prescribe insulin to be injected.

Do watch out for these symptoms in your kids, and use them as a trigger to get your child examined. And please refrain from drawing your own conclusions, as there’s a very good chance that the cause of one or more of these may not be associated with diabetes. Getting professional advice is the best and the only way to go about it.



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