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Diabetes

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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There are two types of diabetes (types 1 and 2). Children and adolescents are mainly affected by type 1 diabetes; type 2 is rare in these age groups. In type 1 diabetes, the child’s ability to make insulin is impaired. Insulin is an important hormone made in the pancreas. It ensures glucose (a type of sugar) is taken out of the bloodstream, and transferred into cells. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the bloodstream. This can cause damage to the eyes, nerves and kidneys, among other health problems. Also, because sugar cannot enter the cells, cells lack energy for important processes. While there is no current cure for type 1 diabetes, daily insulin manages the condition by regulating blood sugar levels. With proper management, children with diabetes can lead full, active lives.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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