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How does being obese cause type 2 diabetes in a child?

How does being obese cause type 2 diabetes in a child?

Insulin resistance: Obesity puts a strain on the pancreas so that it has to make more Insulin to compensate for the increased demand of obesity. Unfortunately, we're seeing type 2 dm in children even as young as 4 years-old. The pancreas simply poops out and can't keep up with the Insulin demands of the obese body. This is when type 2 dm develops. ...Read more

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Is it possible that an inhaled steroid (advair) could cause type one diabetes in a child? My brother and sister are both are type one.

Is it possible that an inhaled steroid (advair) could cause type one diabetes in a child? My brother and sister are both are type one.

No: Inhaled steroids have their effect directly in the lung tissue & reach negligible levels in the blood. There is no evidence that even oral steroid use that achieve much higher blood levels cause t1dm. The primary origin of t1dm is an inflammatory response to a preceding infection that triggers loss of Insulin production. Steroids have been studied in efforts to reverse t1dm. ...Read more

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How can I help my child live a normal life with type I diabetes?

How can I help my child live a normal life with type I diabetes?

Love: Treat them as normal kids with unique needs. Find them a caring competent pediatrician and endocrinologist. Listen, assess, let them know your limits, let them figure out answers on their own for the most part, but always with appropriate limitations. Don't spoil them or let them develop an attitude of feeling entitled. Sound like good advice for any parent? It is. ...Read more

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How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

DM team instruction: Every kid I pick up with dm1 is sent to a center with certified diabetes educators and physicians to begin the families orientation to this life changing event. My closest centers are fort worth, dallas, temple or austin but one has a local clinic for regular followup visits. Small hospital facilities & regular physicians often don't have the time or current info to do a well rounded orientation. ...Read more

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How can I help my child cope with type 1 diabetes?

How can I help my child cope with type 1 diabetes?

Depends: Every child faced with the diagnosis of diabetes responds differently. Younger children often cope well, adjusting to a new routine with repitition. Older children, especially teens, sometimes rebel. Be supportive and encouraging. Work with your child's endocrinologist on how you can be supportive. They often have wonderful age-appropriate resources to support your child, your family, and you! ...Read more

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My husband has type 2 diabetes can he bear a child?

My husband has type 2 diabetes can he bear a child?

Yes and no: Men don't normally give birth to children (ha ha), but seriously, having type 2 diabetes should not reduce fertility from a male standpoint. Sometimes men with vascular disease can have e.D., but that is treatable otherwise. ...Read more

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How will type 1 diabetes affect the health of my child?

How will type 1 diabetes affect the health of my child?

Significant effect: A child with type 1 diabetes lacks the ability to make Insulin on their own. Presenting symptoms include poor weight gain, constant hunger, frequent urination and potential dehydration among others. Untreated type 1 diabetes can result in death - fortunately early diagnosis and the institution of Insulin replacement can control the disease and children can have a full and productive life. ...Read more

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What health problems can my child's diabetes mellitus type 2 cause?

What health problems can my child's diabetes mellitus type 2 cause?

Many: This is "metabolic syndrome" and indicates Insulin resistance. That means that he has a high blood Insulin that does not do its job properly. The common cause is bad diet. Take all the "junk" away, particularly all the sugar, sweeteners, pop, ice cream, candies etc. The overall health of an individual with this is awful and you can expect complications. ...Read more

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If I have type 1 diabetes does that mean my child will have diabetes?

If I have type 1 diabetes does that mean my child will have diabetes?

No: This does not automatically mean your child will have diabetes, but it is a risk factor for having/developing diabetes. ...Read more

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What are the odds of someone with type 1 diabetes passing it on to their child?

What are the odds of someone with type 1 diabetes passing it on to their child?

Depends: If you are a father with type 1 diabetes on average 7% of your children will develop type 1. For mothers the odds are ~3%. Overall about 4% of first degree relatives of someone with type1 will develop type 1 diabetes in their lifetimes. ...Read more

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If I had diabetes type 1 as a child, what are the chances my kid will have it too?

Higher chances: If an immediate relative (parent, sibling, child) has type 1 diabetes (t1d), one's risk of developing t1d is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population. The risk for a child of a parent with t1d is lower if it is the mother, rather than the father, who has diabetes. If one of the parents developed t1d before age 11, their child's risk of developing t1d is somewhat higher than these figures. ...Read more

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What causes a child to develop juvenile diabetes type 1?

What causes a child to develop juvenile diabetes type 1?

Multifactorial: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body produces antibodies which attack the pancreatic insulin-producing cells. There are genetic factors which contribute to this; however, there is/are environmental trigger (s) which have not yet been identified. So, even if someone has the genetic potential for type 1 diabetes, it's not enough to get it. ...Read more

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Are there any toxic exposures linked to child onset type 2 diabetes?

Are there any toxic exposures linked to child onset type 2 diabetes?

MEGACARBS!: Well, am not sure of any 'environmental toxins' causing type 2 diabetes except drugs or chemicals known to be toxic to pancreas including the beta cells. I guess anything in excess is toxic to our body, so carbs in excess can stress the endocrine pancreas! And that is the most common cause for prediabetes/type 2 diabetes in young ones. ...Read more

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What are the chances of diabetes type 1 being passed down to a child?

What are the chances of diabetes type 1 being passed down to a child?

Not big: Having type 1 dm in the family certainly increases risk for your children. Studies done years ago show that a child has a higher risk of developing diabetes if a sibling has it rather than if a parent has it.
Environment and diet have a profound affect on us and are more important than genes...So take care of yourself and as a filly eat a healthful diet. ...Read more

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If a child is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a young age, will this decrease his lifespan?

Possibly: Patients with type 2 diabetes are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision loss, among other things. It's essential that all patients with diabetes take their medication as directed, eat a healthy diet, and get exercise. Taking good care of diabetes will help the body stay healthier longer. ...Read more

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If you reduce a child's obesity, will their type 2 diabetes get better?

If you reduce a child's obesity, will their type 2 diabetes get better?

Absolutely: Worked for adults for decades and will do the same for teens. On some instances, if diabetes was discovered late in the child, weight loss may not be sufficient so time is of the essence if impaired glucose is captured. ...Read more

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What can I do if my fiancee has type 1 diabetes since 5 years, its not genetic, so will it be transferred to our child?

What can I do if my fiancee has type 1 diabetes since 5 years, its not genetic, so will it be transferred to our child?

3-6% Increased Risk: You are right in that type 1 diabetes (t1dm) is not genetically transferred, however genes can increase your propensity for getting it. Siblings and children of people with t1dm have a 3-6% risk for t1dm. Certain environmental factors are proposed to be triggers, such as some viruses and having cow's milk under 2 years of age. These factors trigger t1dm more often in those with certain genes. ...Read more

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I am pregnant. My husband has had Type 1 diabetes since he was 6. He says usually it skips a generation. What are the chances our child will develop?

I am pregnant. My husband has had Type 1 diabetes since he was 6. He says usually it skips a generation. What are the chances our child will develop?

5-6%: The risk of your baby having diabetes given the information provided starts at about 5-6%, but may be somewhat higher given the onset of his T1DM at 6 years of age. This risk does not skip generations, despite what some think. You could consider speaking with a genetic counselor if you have any further questions. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the chances of a type 2 diabetes male conceiving a child?

Doctors, what are the chances of a type 2 diabetes male conceiving a child?

Conceiving: Excellent! Most people with DM type 2 can conceive at a rate similar to those without. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent my overweight child from getting diabetes mellitus type 2?

Weight loss: The best was you can prevent your child from developing diabetes is to help them lose weight and return to a normal weight for their age, sex, and height. Controlling their diet and encouraging regular physical activity will help with this. ...Read more

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Does having diabetes type 1 as a child increase your chances for muscular dystrophy?

Does having diabetes type 1 as a child increase your chances for muscular dystrophy?

No: The genetic disorders like muscular distrophy are in the genetic code of those who develop the condition. The condition may be evident in early childhood or a bit later & several forms are known. An acquired disease like type 1 diabetes can certainly complicate md's but does not cause them. ...Read more

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My husband has type 2 diabetes if I get pregnant will my child be born with diabetes?

My husband has type 2 diabetes if I get pregnant will my child be born with diabetes?

DM2: If there is family history of type 2 diabetes, it may be difficult to figure out whether your diabetes is due to lifestyle factors or genetic susceptibility. Most likely it is due to both. However studies show that it is possible to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by exercising and losing weight. Check http://www. Diabetes. Org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes. Html ...Read more

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What is the probability of a child getting type 1 diabetes if both parents do not have it?

What is the probability of a child getting type 1 diabetes if both parents do not have it?

Unpredictable: I guess that it is the same chance as anyone else. Type 1 is uncommon in children and comes on later in life depending on how much is genetic and how much may be viral in nature. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a young child, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 6 years, to go without insulin and control the diabetes only by diet?

Is it safe for a young child, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 6 years, to go without insulin and control the diabetes only by diet?

Don't miss insulin!: For any patient diagnosed with type I diabetes it is dangerous to miss Insulin doses. Patients who don't make Insulin anymore will develop a condition called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka), if they don't take their Insulin regardless of diet. This is a life-threatening emergency where the body makes ketones as an alternate source of emergency fuel, which causes a dangerous acid build up in the body. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a child getting diabetes type 2 if his mom has is but not his dad?

What is the likelihood of a child getting diabetes type 2 if his mom has is but not his dad?

Genetics: Type 2 diabetes has a stronger link to family history and lineage although it too depends on environmental factors. Studies of twins have shown that genetics play a very strong role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle also influences the development of type 2 diabetes. Obesity tends to run in families, and families tend to have similar eating and exercise habits.

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When must I call an endo doctor if my child has type 1 diabetes?

ASAP: The management of type 1 diabetes is complex and requires a team - patient, family, pediatrician, pedi endo, nutritionist, diabetes educator. Keeping things in check will prevent complications. ...Read more

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Is a pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes more likely to give birth to a child with high or low birth weight?

Is a pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes more likely to give birth to a child with high or low birth weight?

Depends on control: If blood sugar control isn't good, the pregnancy can be adversely affected and lead to fetal defects and prematurity, let alone potential loss of pregnancy. On the other hand, chronically elevated blood sugars can also make the baby too large. Higher risk for c-section and problems with delivery and newborn trouble regulating blood sugar. Please be safe for you and baby and take care of diabetes. ...Read more

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