Adolescent Diabetes

Until recently, the common type of diabetes in children and teens was type 1. It was called juvenile diabetes. But now Type 2 is becoming more common in children and teens, due to more obesity. With Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make or use insulin well. Type 1 Diabetes mellitus is known to have a major psychological impact on adolescents. Common reactions experienced by children and their parents include shock, denial, anger, sadness, fear and guilt. Children are commonly concerned about being treated differently or delicately, as if they are 'sick, feeling like they are a burden on the family.

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