Urgent warning to parents over silent killer that can affect children – the 5 signs to watch for

THERE are some conditions that we just don’t associate with children.

But with modern life exposing many children to higher-fat foods and a sedentary lifestyle, experts are predicting a rise in a deadly disease previously seen only in adults.

Government statistics showed that almost one in five children in sixth grade in England was living with obesity.

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Government statistics showed that almost one in five children in sixth grade in England was living with obesity.Photo credit: Getty

Diabetes is a disease that affects nearly four million people in the UK, 90 per cent of whom have type 2.

Type 2 diabetes, which is more common in adults, can occur when the body has trouble regulating blood sugar levels.

More and more young people and adolescents, especially overweight, obese and sedentary people are affected by the disease.

New government statistics showed that almost one in ten adopted children in England was living with obesity.

Among sixth-grade children in England, the average figure was 22 per cent, and over 30 per cent in the most deprived areas.

Earlier onset type 2 diabetes, which used to be rare, is on the rise as more Britons become overweight and unfit, previous research has found.

New diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in people under the age of 40 increased by 23 percent in just five years.

Diabetes UK has said that if nothing changes, 5.5 million people in the UK will have the disease by 2030.

Meanwhile, new models funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the number of Americans under the age of 20 with type 2 diabetes could increase by as much as 700 percent by 2060.

When the silent killer occurs in children, it can be difficult to spot because the symptoms may be less obvious than in adults and develop slowly over weeks or even months.

Canadian optometrist Langis Michaud has warned of the 5 symptoms parents should look out for.

1. Deterioration of eyesight

You may not know it, but type 2 diabetes can lead to vision loss.

And according to experts, it is the leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 20 to 74.

Langis highlighted the prevalence of a sign that can be detected by regular visits to the optometrist or ophthalmologist.

“Diabetic signs are seen in up to 30 percent of patients soon after diagnosis,” he wrote in The Conversation.

“Young people with type 2 diabetes (compared to type 1 diabetics of the same age) are 88 times more likely to develop retinopathy (abnormal blood vessels or bleeding in the retina),” he added.

“The risk of this retinopathy becoming ‘proliferative’ and therefore threatening vision is increased 230 times,” said the optometrist.

2. Thirst

High blood sugar levels can lead to dehydration.

A person with uncontrolled diabetes may experience polydipsia, a form of extreme thirst.

Diabetes can also prevent the body from absorbing water, creating a vicious cycle if the condition isn’t treated properly.

Polydipsia can cause a person to experience an overwhelming need for water, have a very dry mouth, or feel dizzy.

3. Going to the bathroom a lot, especially at night

Having to go to the bathroom more than usual is a common sign of the condition.

Because after a long time, the pancreas, which produces the insulin, becomes so tired that it can no longer produce enough insulin.

High blood sugar levels are then passed into the urine to try to clear it from the body.

That’s why you need to pee more and it might smell a little sweeter than usual.

4. Lose weight without trying

An unintentional loss of body weight can be a warning sign of diabetes.

In people with diabetes, too little insulin prevents the body from getting glucose from the blood into body cells to use as energy.

When this occurs, the body begins burning fat and muscle for energy, resulting in a reduction in overall body weight.

Unexpected weight loss is often noticed in people before they are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but it can also affect people with type 2 diabetes.

5. Feeling more tired than usual

Many people with diabetes describe themselves as feeling tired, lethargic, or exhausted at times.

Two common reasons for feeling tired or lethargic are blood sugar levels that are too high or too low.

In both cases, the fatigue is the result of an imbalance between blood sugar levels and the amount or potency of circulating insulin.

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If you feel tired during the day even though you slept well, it may be due to high or low sugar levels.

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Emma James

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