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Your child may be a diabetic!

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Health Desk—Nov 17, 2017: Diabetes has been growing at an alarming rate in India. Unfortunately, children are also at increasing risk of developing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Worldwide, most common type of diabetes in children is Type 1 diabetes (previously termed insulin dependent diabetes mellitus). "Overall, approximately 80,000 children under 15 year are estimated to develop type 1 diabetes annually worldwide.

Childhood onset type 2 Diabetes (the most common type in adults) is also on rise due to rising prevalence of childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyle.

At Medanta, amongst a total of 470 cases with diabetes onset below 18 years nearly 85 per cent have type 1 diabetes whereas about 8 per cent children have Type 2 diabetes," says Dr. Ganesh Jevalikar, Pediatric endocrinologist, Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Medanta The Medicity.

"Diabetes rarely makes headlines, and yet it will be the world's seventh largest killer by 2030 unless intense and focused efforts are made by governments, communities and individuals," shared Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia.

Most of the people do not even know that children can get diabetes. Many of the physicians also may not think of diabetes at the first instance. Often symptoms of diabetes like excess thirst, urination are blamed on cold season or urinary infection, adds Dr Jevalikar.

- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss - Increased thirst and urination - Dry mouth - Blurred vision - Weakness, inactivity in kid - Slow healing of sores or cuts - Itchy skin - Numbless or tingling in the hands or feet - Unexplained abdominal pain / breathing difficulty vomiting or acute abdominal pain can indicate the development of ketoses.

Courtesy: Times of India