Pediatric diabetes care in Denver
Whether your child has diabetes or another endocrine or metabolic condition, early diagnosis and excellent treatment are essential. The board-certified pediatric endocrinologists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) in Denver work with you and your child to provide the most effective treatment for pediatric diabetes.
What is pediatric diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes in children, also known as juvenile diabetes, affects about 193,000 children in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. Children who have type 1 diabetes are not able to produce insulin, which is a hormone the body needs so sugar can enter cells and create energy.
Signs and symptoms of childhood diabetes
Signs of childhood diabetes can often appear suddenly. Parents should visit their child’s pediatrician if the child shows any of the following signs of pediatric diabetes:
- Blurry vision
- Fruity smelling breath
- Extreme hunger and thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent urination
Juvenile diabetes treatment
Depending on your child’s needs, diabetes treatment for your child may include:
- Taking insulin
- Establishing a diet plan that may restrict or increase foods high in carbohydrates
- Regular checks of blood sugar levels
- Increasing regular physical activity
Treating diabetes is not the same as curing the disease. With proper care, your child can be healthy as long as a normal regimen is established and you and your child maintain the proper blood sugar levels and diet.