The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity. Therefore even more cases of diabetes type 2 arise among children and teenagers.
For instance, 14-year-old Pantera discovered that she had diabetes first hand, when she noticed drastic health changes. She was constantly thirsty, had terrible headaches and swift mood swings. A black ring appeared on her neck, and her mother was convinced that it was only sign of dirt. That ring is actually the indicator the diabetes type 2.
Pantera noticed that she was thirsty all the time. She was suffering from constant headaches, and her family noticed some swift mood swings. Additionally, a dark ring appeared on her neck that seems like a sign of dirt, but is actually an indicator of diabetes.
Currently, Pantera tests her blood sugar levels and inject insulin on a daily basis.Doctors point out that the dark ring around her neck is the indicator that your insulin doesn’t do its effect.
Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly. In fact, you can have type 2 diabetes for years and not know it. Look for:
Increased thirst and frequent urination. Excess sugar building up in your bloodstream causes fluid to be pulled from the tissues. This may leave you thirsty. As a result, you may drink — and urinate — more than usual.
Increased hunger. Without enough insulin to move sugar into your cells, your muscles and organs become depleted of energy. This triggers intense hunger.
Weight loss. Despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger, you may lose weight. Without the ability to metabolize glucose, the body uses alternative fuels stored in muscle and fat. Calories are lost as excess glucose is released in the urine.
Fatigue. If your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.
Blurred vision. If your blood sugar is too high, fluid may be pulled from the lenses of your eyes. This may affect your ability to focus.
Slow-healing sores or frequent infections. Type 2 diabetes affects your ability to heal and resist infections.
Areas of darkened skin. Some people with type 2 diabetes have patches of dark, velvety skin in the folds and creases of their bodies — usually in the armpits and neck. This condition, called acanthosis nigricans, may be a sign of insulin resistance.
Experts say that this type of diabetes is now higher among younger population than ever before. Therefore, Pantera and her mother hope their story will inspire other families to lead a healthier lifestyle.
“I would like other parents to know that this can happen to your child even if you personally are not diabetic or don’t have anyone in your family that is.” – said Pantera’s mother on ABC.