What The Heck Is Childhood Diabetes Anyway?

Ok, so here we are on day 2 of our “let’s end childhood diabetes” mission 🙂 I think the most logical place to start is by first understanding exactly what diabetes is,so I did a little research and here’s what I found:

  • Diabetes is a disorder of sugar and insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood).
  • There are two types of diabetes: Type I and Type II
  • People with Type I diabetes are usually born with a genetic predisposition for this auto immune disease,and diet or lifestyle have little to do with the onset of TID. The treatment is usually either insulin injections or use of an insulin pump.
  • Type II,on the other hand, is usually preventable. The number one risk factor for TIID is obesity. In past years this disease was found mostly in adults, but in recent years the number of children affected has sky rocketed. Some individuals must take injections or pills, however there are cases in which diet and exercise alone can do the trick.
  • Diabetes patients must constantly monitor their blood sugar levels-sometimes 7 to 10 times a day! It sounds like managing this disease is a full time job.

I think it was Sun Tzu that said ‘know your enemy”…or maybe it was the band Rage Against the Machine? Either way, it’s a good idea!

I hope we all now have a little better understanding of what we’re dealing with here so that we can work together to take the right actions to put a stop to Type II diabetes.