Do Children really get diabetes?

Ask” Steph” Today in my health education class, they were saying November is diabetic’s awareness month. Do Children really get diabetes? If so how can we prevent it?


Yes, unfortunately, children can get diabetes, and it is usually a more serious problem. Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's ability to produce or use the hormone insulin. When you eat, insulin is released to help with transporting energy into the cells. Not producing the proper amount of insulin can cause significant health problems.  Common symptoms that should alert and concern children to the possibility of diabetes include excessive thirst and hunger, sleepiness, blurry vision, and frequent urination.  If you think you have any of these symptoms, please let your parents know immediately.  While there is no way to prevent childhood diabetes, it is a disease that can be managed very well if treated properly.


Thanks for writing.


Scott L. Schulman, DPM

Indiana Podiatry Group