The side effects of diabetes are probably not something you think about when you're first diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. In fact, our family wasn't even aware of what they were.
The links below will discuss what the complications of diabetes are, their symptoms, causes and treatment. I'll include, where possible, some tips to help prevent or postpone these diabetes complications.
I've also included a list of daily practices. Make these habits to help you reduce the risk of complications.
I wanted to include this information on my site not to scare you, but to make you aware of diabetes complications. My purpose is to arm you with information to prompt you to take action if necessary. I hope you'll never need it!
When Jake got a diagnosis of juvenile diabetes, we were just so happy to finally know something could be done to help him feel better. We thought if we gave Jake insulin with each meal, we could have this disease under control.
Little did we know how the side effects of diabetes could impact your body!
Although this site focuses on juvenile type 1 diabetes, these diabetes complications can occur in people with other diabetes types.
If diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you have the constant challenge of trying to mimic what happens automatically in a non-diabetic person. You externally administer insulin to stay within your normal range blood sugar levels.
Learn how your body reacts when you're experiencing high blood sugar symptoms. Then follow the steps to bring the level down.
You must learn to take quick action when you feel low blood sugar symptoms coming on.
If you're a caregiver for an infant, young child or (as in Jake's case) someone with juvenile diabetes who's unable to care for himself, you must take responsibility for spotting these complications and seeking treatment.
Most of the side effects of diabetes take years to develop. The possibility of developing a diabetes complication increases if you were young when diagnosed and you have difficulty controlling your blood sugar levels.
The side effects of diabetes can impact your body from head-to-toe! And I mean that literally!
Some diabetes complications target specific parts of your body, while others are more general.
These pages are meant to make you aware of the side effects of diabetes. You cannot neglect managing your diabetes!
Seeing or feeling anything out of the ordinary is reason to talk to your doctor.
My goal is to give you enough information to alert you to have a conversation with your doctor. I hope you can use this to prevent any of these side effects of diabetes from becoming serious.
Remember, I am not a medical professional. Your doctor has the last word on any of these diabetes complications!
The stress of juvenile diabetes on your body can increase the potential of other side effects of diabetes.
Pay attention and take care of yourself! You can live a long and productive life!