The Use Of Juvenile Diabetes And Its Effects On Our Lives As Well As Their Interpersonal Relationships

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Across America there are a large number of children who wake up every morning with the challenge of navigating another day with Type 1 Diabetes. According to the Boston Children’s Hospital website, type 1 diabetes (commonly called juvenile diabetes) is “an autoimmune disease- more specifically, a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism- in which the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (called beta cells).” In this paper, we will highlight how this disease affects many aspects of their daily lives as well as their interpersonal relationships. Type 1 diabetes affects all types of children from various backgrounds. There are risk factors involved, current investigations into treatment taking place,…show more content…
Having too much parental control over the child will cause them to neglect responsibility over their own sickness. Ultimately, parental support has shown much more positive results than parental control. In the area of peer support, positivity and encouragement has been attributed to a “positive self-concept, social competence, psychological well-being, and fewer problems in school among adolescents” (Helgeson, 271). Population Affected Type 1 diabetes does not discriminate. It can affect children of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds. “About one in every 600 children in the United States develops type 1 diabetes. Most of the time type 1 diabetes occurs during puberty, when girls are 10 to 12 years old and when boys are 12 to 14 years old. But it’s increasingly affecting young children under 5 years of age” (Boston Children’s Hospital, 2011). Impact on Health And Development According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, vital organs like the heart, nerves, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys can be affected by type 1 diabetes. Complications include retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, tingling in hands and feet, dry skin and severe complications of DKA (Smeltzer, 1420). Risk Factors Although there is not an extensive list of risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes, there are in fact a few things that could put a child more at risk for the disease. The most prominent factor is genetic
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