We come across a lot of literature about Diabetes and its effect on individuals at mid-life or old age. However, very little is read about Diabetes in kids. With advent of fast food, the situation is even more dangerous. MyOPD team had a quick conversation with Dr. Asmit Vaidya to get his perspective on the topic.
Team MyOPD: How early in life can one get Diabetic?
Dr. Vaidya: As early as 5 yrs.
Team MyOPD: If it is hereditary, what should be done to avoid the passage to the progeny?
Dr. Vaidya: It is hereditary. Nothing can be done. One is more likely to get Diabetes at a early age if 1st degree relatives have Diabetes.
Team MyOPD: Would excessive consumption of chocolates by kids (< 10 yr olds) result in Diabetes?
Dr. Vaidya: No relation of chocolate consumption.
Team MyOPD: Would consumption of fast food, burgers result in Diabetes?
Dr. Vaidya: Fast food causes obesity …that can lead to Diabetes at a later age.
Team MyOPD: We all know that a physical activity is good. However, how much is really enough for these kids considering they have a high sugar intake.
Dr. Vaidya: Children should play physically exhausting games for 1 hr.
Team MyOPD: What are the typical symptoms that a child would demonstrate when Diabetic? This would help parents to get the child to a physician earlier.
Dr. Vaidya: Symptoms of Diabetes are – Polyuria – increased urination; Polydipsia – increased thirst; Polyphagia – Increased hunger; Failure to gain weight.
Team MyOPD: Thank you Dr. Vaidya for your guidance on this topic.