Diabetes is very stressful for children

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Diabetes is very stressful for children and there are social problems

Diabetes brings a particularly heavy mental burden for affected children. While the direct stress caused by the disease is relatively easy to handle, the underage diabetes patients are often under great stress and there is a risk that they will become outsiders, the Stuttgart child psychologist, Bela Bartus, told the news agency "dpa".

While type 2 diabetes (also known as adult diabetes or diabetes) usually only develops in the course of life, the inheritable form of type 1 diabetes usually occurs as early as childhood. So far, around ten percent of all diabetes patients in Germany have Type I diabetes, including some 25,000 children. But every year the proportion of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes grows by almost five percent, explained Bela Bartus, child psychologist at Stuttgart's Olga Hospital. And although type 1 diabetics can lead an almost symptom-free life, the affected children particularly often have social problems, according to the expert.

Type I diabetes: Affected children often have social problems In type 1 diabetes, the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are destroyed and those affected suffer from an acute insulin deficiency. This has to be compensated for a lifetime with insulin injections, but in general for type 1 diabetics with appropriate medication an almost symptom-free everyday life is possible. However, the disease is associated with considerable psychological stress, especially for children. Not only do they have to put up with the fact that they are lifelong ill and dependent on insulin injections, but they are often treated differently by their surroundings than healthy children and develop corresponding social problems, explained Bela Bartus, specialist at the clinic with the third largest diabetes in Germany. Ambulance. The children eat their problems into themselves and there is a risk of developing outsiders, according to the expert.

Accepting illness and dealing with it openly Bela Bartus emphasized that around 25,000 children with type 1 diabetes "have to accept their incurable illness and talk about it" in order to get the psychological consequences under control. Dealing with the fate of type 1 diabetes is certainly not easy for adolescents, but in the sense of the psychological well-being of those affected, it is essential, according to the expert. In the event of acute problems, it is advisable to call on the support of a specialist (child psychologist, psychotherapist, etc.) to make it easier for the children to deal with the disease and to avoid possible disadvantages.

Five percent more children with type I diabetes every year There are currently around eight million diabetics living in Germany, with 90 percent of them suffering from type II diabetes and around 10 percent from type I diabetes. Around 25,000 children are among Type I diabetics, with the number of adolescents affected increasing by around five percent annually in recent years, explained Bela Bartus. For this reason, the expert concluded that an increased level of attention should be paid to the spread of this disease, which is primarily a result of genetic predisposition, and the open treatment of those affected should be encouraged. (fp)

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