Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Type 2 diabetes in kids is a severe disease that impacts the way your child's body processes glucose (sugar). Diabetes is a lifelong disorder in which the blood sugar levels increase more than usual. Until lately, children were largely affected by type 1 condition of diabetes which is also known as juvenile diabetes.
Type 1 is caused when the body is incapable of making insulin- an essential hormone for decreasing surplus sugar in the body. But this isn't the condition anymore. Nowadays increased numbers of kids are also getting type 2 conditions of diabetes, which is the most standard diabetes in grown-ups. Childhood obesity, a poor lifestyle, and an inferior diet are the major factors causing this disorder. Without proper treatment and care, the disease causes glucose levels to rise up in the blood, which can lead to serious long-term impacts.
In Ayurveda, diabetes is named Madhumeha Kshaudrameha, which represents “immoderate urine with a sweet taste like honey”. The type 1 form of diabetes is called Sahaja/Jatah Prameha and is largely seen in children and slim people. The type 2 form of diabetes is called Apathyanimittaja and is generated due to disproportionate habits such as inappropriate diet and harmful lifestyle, and is predominantly seen in obese and heavy people, grown-ups, and kids alike.
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
- Itchy skin and dehydrated mouth
- Urinating often and being more dehydrated than usual
- Shortage of sugar in your child's body might make him or her drained.
- Before type 2 diabetes expands, specific areas of the skin begin to blacken. These areas are usually found near the neck or in the armpits.
Ayushakti Brings You a Few Natural Ways to Control Diabetes
- Drink Water from a Copper Vessel
Water that is stored in a copper vessel at night and consumed in the morning can be an excellent home therapy for your child to stabilize the sugar levels in the blood.
- Maintaining a Healthy Diet
Understanding what to eat can be confusing. Everywhere you spin, there is information about what is or isn't right for you. Scheduling your kid’s meal is very essential. A diabetes meal plan is a manual that advises you how much and what kinds of food your child can consume at meals and snack times. There is no one excellent food, so including different foods and keeping an eye on portion sizes is key to a healthy diet. Also, make sure your preferences from each food group supply the highest quality nutrients you can find. The food ratio you select for your child should be 60% vegetables, 30% protein, and 10% carbohydrates. This will also manage your weight.
The study has revealed healthy eating habits and everyday physical exercise helps to manage diabetes. Focusing on whole grains, fruits, green vegetables, fibrous protein foods, and low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, yogurt or other dairy products can help your kid to maintain both weight and sugar levels.
- Follow these 8 principles of healthy eating
- Relish the food you eat.
- Eat a variety of distinct foods; Fruits, green vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy.
- Restrain your serving sizes.
- Consume balanced amounts of carbohydrates and select higher fiber variations.
- Eat loads of fruit and green vegetables.
- Do not consume food that comprises a lot of fat and sugar.
- Drink loads of fluids.
- Four to five feeds or meals every day, including breakfast. Never skip your meals.
- Get Proper Sleep
Having a sound night's sleep is essential for your kid’s health. Having a good night's sleep means your child needs to sleep for at least eight hours. A full night's sleep does a superior job of encouraging good mental and physical soundness. If your kid has inappropriate sleeping habits, then it will negatively affect their blood sugar, and stress levels, food craving, insulin sensitivity; all these elements together contribute to consequential weight gain.
- Hydrate Yourself Well
Diabetes transmits your kid’s organs, especially kidneys, into overdrive. Therefore, do not miss out on proper water consumption. It's better to drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day, and when your kid drinks sufficient water, it benefits their kidneys to flush out toxins and manage dehydration as well.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Rajeshri Mehta
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd