As with any disease there are possible complications and side effects and juvenile
diabetes is no exception. The risks and complications associated with this disease are
serious but can be mitigated with careful monitoring and control of your child’s blood
All people that have been diagnosed with diabetes need to have their eyes checked on a
regular basis. It is common to have eye problems that are known as diabetic retinopathy.
This is when the blood vessels in the eyes are damaged because of raised continually
raised blood sugars.
Another complication is diabetic nephropathy. This is a problem that develops in the
kidneys taking the form of degeneration or a complete shut-down. This is a very serious
disease and should be kept in mind as an important reason to keep blood glucose levels
under control at all times. If diabetic nephropathy does develop, it will usually occur
later in adulthood but will require either dialysis or a transplant.
Some more long-term effects children with diabetes are exposed to are heart disease,
strokes, and hypoglycemia. But the severity of the complications and the likelihood of
them occurring are dependant on how well the diabetes is controlled.
Research continues everyday on ways to better treat and manage diabetes in children. As
soon as your children are old enough to understand the disease, involve them in the
management of keeping it under control. They need to learn what is needed of them
when they become independent to live with diabetes and lessening the chances of
suffering from severe complications.
There have been big strides in the treatment of diabetes which has made it possible to
delay our put off altogether some of the more troublesome problems. If you suspect that
any of the above mentioned diseases are developing, consult with your doctor right away.
Early detection is beneficial.