Although there is no known cause for juvenile diabetes there are risk factors that can contribute to the likeliness a child will be diagnosed with the disease. As some forms of type 1 diabetes are an autoimmune disease you can be at a higher risk if you have already been diagnosed with a different autoimmune disease. There are also some conditions surrounding a mother’s pregnancy and labor than could contribute to the diagnosis of juvenile diabetes.
It’s never fun when a child gets sick with a cold or flu. They don’t feel good, sometimes get grumpy and need to be taken care of. This is true for a child with juvenile diabetes too, but there is the added concern of how their blood glucose levels will be affected by the illness. This isjust another hurdle to deal with once your child has been diagnosed with diabetes.
A popular alternative, especially for teenagers, to daily insulin injections is to use an insulin pump. Although it is an alternative for everyone because of the high cost of the unit and having to wear it 24 hours per day for others it can help in successfully managing juvenile diabetes.