Juvenile Diabetes Cure – Treating Children with Diabetes

A juvenile diabetes cure is something that is being sought relentlessly by countless foundations and drug manufacturers. Each year millions of dollars are spent by organizations dedicated to one day discovering a juvenile diabetes cure.

Treatment for juvenile diabetes and possible cures will vary depending on the type of diabetes a child develops.

A child with juvenile diabetes type 2 likely developed the disease due to lifestyle factors such as poor diet and eating habits, lack of physical activity and excess weight. These factors can be reversed and researchers, nutritionists and doctors are hopeful that a type 2 juvenile diabetes cure is on the horizon.

A child with type 1 juvenile diabetes developed the condition due to the autoimmune destruction of the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. This condition is also being researched heavily and it is hoped that one day a cure will be found.

Treating juvenile diabetes

As of today, a definitive juvenile diabetes cure has not been developed. "For a diabetic individual, the only way to lead a normal lifestyle is to find ways treat and prevent spikes in the blood glucose level. In these situations, diabetes medications or natural cures for diabetes are considered as plausible treatments" (1).

Current treatments involve managing symptoms of juvenile diabetes. There are many guidelines and recommendations that when followed help a child living with diabetes control their blood sugar levels.

  1. Reduce sugar intake. By limiting sugar and refined carbohydrates a diabetic child can avoid spiking their blood sugar too high.
  2. Add more fiber to the diet. By eating fiber-rich foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, blood sugar levels stay more consistent.
  3. Lose excess body weight. Children with juvenile diabetes type 2 are often overweight. Steps should be taken to reduce a child’s weight. A nutritionist can help family members with meal planning and a child should be encouraged to become more physically active.
  4. Closely monitor blood sugar levels. Balancing lifestyle changes with insulin levels can be a challenge. By monitoring blood sugar levels on a routine basis a child can learn to balance medication with food intake.
  5. Create a steady routine. When similar foods are eaten every day and a child follows a routine eating schedule, blood sugar levels are easier to manage.

Though there is no permanent juvenile diabetes cure yet, there are many things you can do to manage the disease and in time researchers who are diligently working will hopefully announce they have found the cure.

(1) Cure for Diabetes (2010). Cure for diabetes. Retrieved from http://www.curefordiabetes.org/

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