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10 keys to helping children with diabetes  Tim Wysocki
The Ten Keys to Helping Your Child With Diabetes
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This second edition explores the wide range of physical, emotional, and psychological issues that affect diabetic children and helps parents deal with them. New to this edition are topics such as children living with type 2 diabetes and the special needs of children using an insulin pump.  Wysocki, Ph.D. is the chief of the division of psychology and psychiatry at Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

 

Sugar Isn't Everything

Sugar Isn't Everything: Grade 5-8 While this reads like a case history or a manual for newly diagnosed diabetics, it also will have appeal for readers of realistic problem novels. Amy, 11, is hiding her diabetic symptoms as the book begins, not knowing what they are. Her overwhelming hunger and thirst, her fatigue, and her frequent need to urinate are masked with the determination that only a budding adolescent who doesn't want to appear ``different'' can muster...

Diabetes Renea Jo Zosel
Diabetes:
 This book truly is written by an expert... a mom! Mothers of small kids with diabetes pay a big price and I think they are the unsung heros of our society. Imagine, never being able to take a break for years on end. Never being able to really let go for fear your child might experience a blood sugar too high or too low sending her to the hospital... or worse. My son has diabetes and has told me several times that it's not fair and that "he'll never have a carefree childhood". This book says the same thing for the mothers and the kids they care for who live with this crappy disease.


 

 

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Triggers and risks for onset of diabetes in children

  • New study supports diabetes-infection link - A major study has added weight to the theory that environmental factors such as common infections may be a trigger for diabetes in children and young adults.  07/04/2006
  • Evidence that environmental factors such as common infections may be a trigger for diabetes - A major study has added weight to the theory that environmental factors such as common infections may be a trigger for diabetes in children and young adults. 07/03/2006
  • Infections Link With Diabetes, Suggests Biggest Study Yet - A major study has added weight to the theory that environmental factors such as common infections may be a trigger for diabetes in children and young adults. The study analysed information from a register of over 4,000 people aged 0-29 years old diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over a 25-year period.  07/03/2006
  • Obesity epidemic fuels worrying diabetes trends - The obesity epidemic is behind a disturbing rise in diabetes in New Zealand, with this age-related disease now increasingly hitting teenagers.  07/03/2006
  • Infections link with diabetes, suggests biggest study yet - There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type2. The number of children with Type 1 diabetes has increased by three per cent per year in the UK over the last 40 years.  07/03/2006
  • Common infections 'may trigger diabetes' - Common infections may be a trigger for Type 1 diabetes in children and young adults, new research has revealed. Those with the condition are unable to produce insulin and need treatment for the rest of their life. 07/03/2006
  • North experts' diabetes link - A massive study by experts on Tyneside has shed light on why children and young adults develop diabetes.  07/03/2006
  • The new faces of diabetes - TWIN FALLS - Not so long ago, doctors diagnosed type 2 diabetes in people of middle age and older. They still do. But nowadays pediatricians are also finding it in some of their young patients.  06/26/2006
  • Obesity often leads to diabetes - More than 1 million cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year, and obesity is one of the leading causes, says Francine Kaufman, author of Diabesity, a book named for the link between diabetes and obesity. Diabetes can have a major effect on disability and quality of life as people age.  06/06/2006
  • Obesity May Be Factor In Accelerated Type I Diabetes In Some Patients - Obesity, long known as a cause of type II diabetes, may accelerate the onset of type I diabetes in some -- but not all -- groups of younger patients, according to research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and six clinical sites nationally. 02/23/2006
  • Diabetes Can Lead To Gum Disease In Childhood; Onset Is Younger Than Previously Recognized (February 10, 2006) — New research from Columbia University Medical Center has shown that the destruction of the gums can start in diabetic children as young as six years old. While the link between diabetes and periodontal disease was previously established, it was believed that the regression of gums began much later and increased with age. The study is published in the February issue of Diabetes Care.  02/10/2006
  • Hospital admission for selected single virus infections prior to diabetes mellitus :  Results:  There was no evidence of excess risk of diabetes after measles, mumps, rubella, infectious mononucleosis, influenza, infectious hepatitis, varicella and herpes zoster, herpes simplex, aseptic meningitis or bronchiolitis. For example, of 1433 patients admitted for measles, 6 were later admitted with diabetes (risk ratio 1.32; 95% confidence interval 0.5–2.9); of 866 patients admitted for mumps, 2 were later admitted for diabetes (risk ratio 0.74; 0.1–2.7). Numbers of people with diabetes subsequent to infection were too few, however, to rule out the possibility of small effects.  Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 209-312 (September 2005); page item #9.  
  • Nerve Changes From Diabetes Begin Earlier Than Previously Known -Mayo Clinic researchers have found that subtle change in nerve conduction is the first reliable sign of nerve complications from diabetes and that this change can be measured long before other symptoms or signs of nerve damage develop. 09/30/2005
  • Psychological Stress May Induce Diabetes-Related Autoimmunity in InfancyResearchers at the University of Linköping in Sweden, in a study published in the February issue of "Diabetes Care," have found that children who developed type 1 diabetes were more likely to have parents or belong to a family with high stress levels. Over 4,000 children under the age of 1 were studied. Type 1 diabetes is triggered by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors but the exact causes of the condition are as yet unknown. Excerpt posted on IDF.org, 02/17/2005
  • Waist Size Linked to Insulin Resistance in Children:  Can Waist Circumference Identify Children with the Metabolic Syndrome?  Arch Pediatric Adolescene Medicine.  2005; 159:740-7444
  • Strong Statistical Correlation Between Prevalence Of Diabetes, Air Pollution - A dramatic statistical correlation between the prevalence of diabetes and air pollution levels has been demonstrated by a University at Buffalo researcher who publishes his observations in the August issue of the journal, Diabetes Care.  07/31/2002
  • Researchers Determine That MS And Diabetes Are Closely Linked Diseases - A team of researchers led by Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) senior scientist Michael Dosch has determined that multiple sclerosis and type I (juvenile) diabetes mellitus are far more closely linked than previously thought, including the role cow milk protein plays as a risk factor in the development of both diseases for people who are genetically susceptible. 03/22/2001


Genetics and diabetes


Diabetes prevention and detection

  • New Blueprint To Aid Physicians In Predicting Risk For Type 1 Diabetes - Researchers have discovered a combination of tests that can more accurately predict who will develop type 1 diabetes. In the process, they've also uncovered signs of a new protein that may forecast a more rapidly developing form of the disease. Together, these findings could help researchers screen patients for clinical trials that eventually may lead to a vaccine or cure for type 1 diabetes.  10/31/2005
  • Lowering Resistance To Insulin May Delay Or Prevent Onset Of Type 2 Diabetes - Type 2 diabetes may be significantly delayed or prevented through medication that takes the load off of the body's delicate insulin-producing cells.  06/12/2005
  • High Levels of Vitamin D May Decrease Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:  Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, Diabetes, and Ethnicity in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  Diabetes Care 27:2813-2818, 2004
  • Human Trials for Development of Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine:  British scientists have announced that human trials will begin in August 2005 to test a new treatment that could potentially become a vaccine and a cure for type 1 diabetes. The treatment, that has been successfully applied on mice, involves the injection of a protein which prevents the body from destroying insulin-producing cells.   Excerpt posted on IDF.org, 12/13/2004
  • Blood Test to Predict Diabetes In Children - Medical researchers at the Sophia Children?s Hospital and Rotterdam Erasmus University have developed a reliable blood test to diagnose diabetes in children at an early stage. The test allows them to predict the development of the condition with a reliability of 50%.  01/24/2000


Babies and toddlers


Teens


Nutrition and lifestyle

  • Obesity often leads to diabetes - More than 1 million cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year, and obesity is one of the leading causes, says Francine Kaufman, author of Diabesity, a book named for the link between diabetes and obesity. Diabetes can have a major effect on disability and quality of life as people age.  06/06/2006
  • Physical activity linked to improved glucose control in children with type 1 diabetes - Children with type 1 diabetes who exercise regularly may have improved blood glucose levels compared with those who do not, and regular physical activity does not appear to increase the risk of severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels), according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  06/05/2006
  • Dark Chocolate is Good For You!   New research shows that eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of damaging changes in the body that can lead to diabetes. But it works only if you eat plain, dark chocolate high in disease-fighting chemicals called flavanols. Milk or white chocolate is unlikely to have the same effect. Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, Mar 2005; 81: 611 - 614. [Story at Daily Mail: Abstract at Am. J. Clinical Nutrition; full text at Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, requires subscription.]
  • Caffeine and Nighttime Hypoglycemia:  A study in the UK, published in the June issue of "Diabetes Care," has concluded that caffeine is linked to a significant reduction in episodes of nocturnal hypoglycaemia (very low blood glucose levels) in people with type 1 diabetes.  Diabetes Care; Reuters Health, as posted on IDF.org, June 23, 2005.
  • Scientists Detect Mom's Influence On Obesity And Diabetes (October 19, 2000) — Nature and nurture go hand in hand, say scientists who study obesity and diabetes. In this month's issue of Genome Research, Edward Leiter and colleagues (The Jackson Laboratory) report that an animal's 'maternal environment' acts together with genetics to increase the risk of obesity and obesity-related diabetes.  Does this also affect diabetic children?


Complications and concerns


Growth and metabolism


Diabetes, mental health and children

  • Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetics:  Eating disorders not uncommon in females with Type 1 Diabetes:  The Relationship of Disordered Eating Habits and Attitudes to Clinical Outcomes in Young Adult Females With Type 1 Diabetes.  Diabetes Care 28:84-88, 2005
  • Mental Illness in Children With Type 2 Diabetes:  A study conducted at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA), published in the June issue of "Pediatric Diabetes," has found that mental illness is quite common in children with type 2 diabetes.   Pediatric Diabetes; Reuters Health, as posted on IDF.org June 28, 2005.
  • Mental Illness in Children With Type 2 Diabetes:  A study conducted at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA), published in the June issue of "Pediatric Diabetes," has found that mental illness is quite common in children with type 2 diabetes.   Pediatric Diabetes; Reuters Health, as posted on IDF.org June 28, 2005.


Treatment and vaccinations

  • The molecular mechanism of a diabetes vaccine revealed - A team of researchers led by Prof. Irun Cohen of the Weizmann Institute of Science Immunology Department has revealed the molecular mechanism of a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes.
  • Girl part of diabetes study - By Katherine Spitz Beacon Journal medical writer Akron eighth-grader Thai Baity likes math, science and shopping. She also likes being part of a $100 million National Institutes of Health study to find out ...05/30/2006
  • Drug Approved for Treatment of Iron Overload due to blood transfusions - On November 3, 2005, pharmaceutical company Novartis announced the approval of Exjade (deferasirox) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Exjade, the first once-daily oral iron chelator, has been approved for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in adults and children aged 2 years and older.  11/04/2005
  • Combination Children's Vacine Approved - Merck & Co, Inc, announced on September 6, 2005, that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the combination vaccine Proquad (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella virus vaccine live) for simultaneous vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella in children aged 12 months to 12 years. Proquad is the first vaccine approved in the United States to help protect against these 4 diseases in a single shot. Proquad is also approved for use in children 12 months to 12 years of age if a second dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is to be administered.  09/07/2005
  • Compound Shows Promise As Vaccine-like Drug For Preventing Type 1 Diabetes - Researchers have identified a compound that shows promise in animal studies of becoming the first effective drug for the prevention of type 1 diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes, which afflicts about one million people in the United States and is on the rise worldwide. 03/31/2004

      

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