Type 1 DiabetesJuvenile Diabetes

Let's Talk About Juvenile Diabetes

Diabetes can strike at any age, but when it happens to children, it has its own set problems—and solutions. Discover the unique ways this disease affects kids.

    Our Pro PanelJuvenile Diabetes

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in juvenile diabetes to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Emily Nosova, M.D. headshot.

    Emily Nosova, M.D.Endocrinologist

    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY
    Stelios Mantis, M.D.

    Stelios Mantis, M.D.Pediatric Endocrinologist

    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, IL
    Anis Rehman, M.D. headshot.

    Anis Rehman, M.D.Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine

    Southern Illinois University
    Springfield, IL

    Frequently Asked QuestionsJuvenile Diabetes

    What are the signs of diabetes in kids?

    Kids with juvenile diabetes may suddenly start having pee accidents, even if they’ve been potty-trained. They may also have to pee frequently and feel extremely thirsty. Other symptoms include weight loss and stale breath.

    Can kids get other types of diabetes?

    It’s possible. Juvenile diabetes is the most common, but rates of type 2 in kids are increasing. Roughly 5,300 kids are diagnosed with type 2 every year, compared to 17,900 annual diagnoses for juvenile diabetes.

    How is juvenile diabetes diagnosed?

    The first step is a blood test, usually the A1C (or glycated hemoglobin) test, to check for diabetes in general. This test measures what percentage of red blood cells have been coated with glucose over the past two to three months. Further blood tests are then done to pinpoint whether your child has juvenile diabetes or another type.

    Can you inherit juvenile diabetes?

    If there’s a family history of autoimmune conditions, a child is at higher risk of developing one, too, and that includes diabetes. Research shows that kids who have a sibling or parent with type 1 diabetes are at 15 times higher risk of developing juvenile diabetes than those without any family history of the disease.

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    Sunny Sea Gold


    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.