Parents must make it a priority to treat their children quickly, as diabetes can cause secondary conditions.
For type 1 and 2 diabetes, these include:
Blood vessel-related disease: Diabetes can predispose children to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and narrow vessels later in life.
Eye damage: The damage diabetes does to blood vessels can spread to the eyes, preventing optimal function.
Nerve damage: In the same vein, blood vessels fuel nerves throughout the body, and as diabetes impacts the supply, they become less sensitive.
Kidney damage: Blood vessels may struggle to supply the kidneys with increasing interference from diabetes.
Osteoporosis: Diabetes may stunt bone mineral production, increasing risks of osteoporosis in later life.