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Juvenille Diabetes

Lucas before Diabetes

Lucas before Diabetes

In January of 2013, my youngest son Lucas was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.  I try to be as positive as he is; he is so positive.  He never complains about taking insulin or reading his blood sugar.  Even at 6 he has developed a consciousness about carbs and looks for them on his own.  He does get annoyed when he can’t eat candy or just gobble down a bunch of junk food at a birthday party.

I try to keep his life as normal as possible.  His teacher, school nurse, scout leader and my sister have become so helpful and I think that having a support system to help you manage everyday living are essential to coping with diabetes.

I am just want parents to be aware of the signs that your child may have diabetes. Your child:

  • has unquenchable thirst
  • goes to the bathroom often
  • is irritable or has a change in behavior
  • hungry all the time
  • weight loss
  • fatigue

I didn’t pay attention as much as should of because I didn’t know.  I thought that diabetes came from:

  • eating a diet excessive in sugar
  • overweight
  • genes

In Lucas’s case, they said he had a virus that woke up the autoimmune disease that was dormant in his system.  My paternal grandmother had diabetes but none of my dad siblings or my cousins have it.  The diabetes gene skipped two generations and landed on Lucas.

The keys to staying healthy are to monitor you blood sugar and balance your diet with complex carbohydrates that won’t spike blood sugar levels.  You can eat fruit and vegetables because they will never be bad for you.  Eating crackers, pasta and bread are not as good unless they are made from whole grains.  Don’t drink a bunch of juice and soda.  Instead drink water, herbal ice tea and sugar free beverages, even though I do not advocate artificial sweeteners I am OK with a moderate intake of beverages sweetened with Splenda or Truvia. I do not advocate aspartame as found in Sweet-n-Low since they have been linked to cancer.

Person's Hands Pricking Their Finger with a Glaucometer
Diabetes is challenging, ever changing but doable.  Educate yourself about symptoms, techniques and healthy diets. Don’t let it take over your life! Let your child field empowered by teaching about the disease.  For more information, visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at http://www.jdrf.org

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