Experts agree that diabetes has become an American epidemic, but they
warn that millions of Americans remain unaware that they have the
disease -- or that their children could have it.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes generally are recognized sooner in children
than symptoms of type 2, says Dana Hardin, MD, associate professor
of pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Dr Hardin advises everyone to learn to recognize diabetes symptoms, which
can be both similar and contradictory between types 1 and 2, whether
you're an adult or child.
Hardin cites one paradox: Many children with type 1 diabetes experience
obvious weight loss. Children with type 2 diabetes can also experience
weight loss; however, due to the substantial obesity generally present
in a child with type 2, the weight loss may go unnoticed.
Other common symptoms include: Persistent, often extreme thirst, which leads to increased urination and
sometimes can lead to bed-wetting.
Becoming cranky, fussy and easily fatigued. Stomach aches, nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration, are also common.
A family history of diabetes, obesity or any combination of the above
symptoms should prompt testing for diabetes, Dr Hardin advises.