November 14 is World Diabetes Day. This day is dedicated to global awareness of diabetes. Daniel, my husband, got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 26. I wanted to bring awareness to all those who don't know much about the disease and what to look out for in your kids.
Only about 5% of people with diabetes have Type 1. It is referred to as Juvenile diabetes because it usually starts under the age of 20 but can happen at any point in your life. Because it does happen to kids, I wanted to share some symptoms to look out for.
Sudden weight loss
Daniel lost 20 pounds in a little over a month. He was constantly thirsty. He would wake up and drink a gallon of water, literally. He would crave sweets (steak n' shake milkshakes) and was always hungry. When I finally realized what was happening and took Daniel to the doctor, his blood sugar was over 600. The normal level is 80-120. Basically at coma levels!
I am in the medical field and it even took me a few weeks to realize what was happening. That's why it is so important for parents to know the signs so they can seek treatment as early as possible.