Blood Sugar and Children

Blood Sugar and Children

Introduction

Diabetes and blood sugar levels have a greater public awareness than they ever have. This is due predominantly to the massive increase in diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes.

Once considered an adult disease, and even co-named ‘adult-onset diabetes’, this condition now affects more and more children. As a percentage of population, type 1 diagnoses are also on the increase.

However, blood glucose levels can be a concern for all children, not only confirmed diabetics. While type 1 diabetes is a rapid-onset condition, type 2 is an insidious, creeping disease.

Monitoring of all aspects of children’s lives, including diet, exercise, overall wellness and other factors can help prevent pre-diabetes and diabetes sneaking up on them later.

Also, some children can have episodes of unbalanced blood glucose levels that can affect their health and well being.

This report discusses both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, including causes, symptoms and treatments.

Table Of Contents

Disclaimer ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Signs and Symptoms of Hyperglycemia ……………………………………………………… 6
Causes of High Blood Sugar – Hyperglycemia ……………………………………………… 6
Preventing Hyperglycemia in Children and Teenagers …………………………………. 7
Meeting Nutritional Needs of Children with Hyperglycemia …………………………. 8
Complex Carbohydrates Your Child Can Eat ……………………………………………… 10
Foods to Avoid …………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
Healthy Snack Options ………………………………………………………………………….. 10
Severe Hyperglycemia ………………………………………………………………………….. 11
Low Blood Sugar ‘Hypoglycemia’ In Children ………………………………………………. 12
What Causes Blood Sugar Levels To Drop Too Low? ………………………………….. 12
Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia …………………………………………………….. 14
Your Child’s Levels Are Fine, Yet They Show Signs of Hypoglycemia …………….. 15
Treating and Preventing Hypoglycemia in Children …………………………………… 16
Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17