Diabetes and Bad Behavior in Kids: Check Their Blood Sugar!
The symptoms of poorly controlled type 1 diabetes may cause behaviors that can be perceived as rebellious or cantankerous. Education of everyone involved—family, healthcare providers, teachers, nurses, and fellow students—is the best way to stabilize behavior.
Type 1 diabetes is caused by an inability of the pancreas to secrete any or enough insulin—the hormone responsible for letting glucose into the body's cells. Under normal conditions, the body breaks down sugars into glucose, and the glucose travels through the bloodstream as fuel for the body's cells. Aided by insulin, glucose freely enters the cells to be used primarily for energy. If insulin is not available—as is the case in diabetes—glucose cannot enter the cells and continues to circulate in the blood and build up over time.
The typical symptoms of diabetes occur as glucose accumulates in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance between glucose in the blood and glucose in the cells. Although there is no cure, symptoms can be controlled with injections of insulin to replace what is not produced by the pancreas.
Last reviewedApril 26, 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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