Technology Can Kill Your Children

August 8, 2010

Your grandfather, grandmother, uncle, auntie, father, mother, teacher, friend, classmate – they all can have Diabetes. It is probably one of the most widespread medical conditions in the world. Out of our world population today, over 120 million individuals have Diabetes. You might be saying that the 120 million individuals diagnosed with Diabetes had such condition because they are in their 40s or 50s, the stage in life where one becomes more vulnerable to diseases. Well, you just might be surprised that a part of the over 120 million individuals are children.

What is Juvenile Diabetes?

 When asked about what Diabetes is, we will answer that it is a medical condition where one’s blood sugar level increases. But, what really is Diabetes? According to, “Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body’s inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual’s system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person’s bloodstream creating multiple health problems.”

Sugar or glucose is needed by the body for energy. Diabetics can either have high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). When left untreated, hyperglycemia can lead to blindness and slow healing of wounds. Hypoglycemia, on the other hand, deprives the brain of its much needed glucose which can lead to seizures.

There are three types of Diabetes: type 1 or juvenile diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes which is detected in pregnant women. Type 1 Diabetes is called Juvenile Diabetes as the onset of it begins in childhood.

Children with juvenile diabetes are insulin-dependent. It is a hormone that makes it possible for the body to convert the food into energy. Current research indicates that juvenile diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, similar to other disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.

Back in 1999, a study conducted in Metro Manila, Philippines revealed 71 cases of Juvenile Diabetes from the period of January 01, 1998 to June 10, 1999. Out of the 71 cases, the youngest patient identified was two years old while the oldest was 14 years old. In the Southeast Asian region, it is alarming to note the 3% increase in the number of cases yearly. In the United States, an estimate of 35 American children are diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes daily.


What causes Juvenile Diabetes?

 Medical practitioners have identified family history and genetics as risk factors of Juvenile Diabetes. They have also found out there is a higher incidence of Juvenile Diabetes in places farther from the equator such as Finland and Sardinia, which makes geography qualify as another known risk factor.  Other possible causes of Juvenile Diabetes may include viral infections that can destroy the islet cells in the pancreas and low vitamin D levels in the body.

It is noted that a majority of adults who develop diabetes over the age of 40 do so because they are overweight or have high cholesterol and/or fat levels in their blood. Diet and exercise can play an important role in staying healthy.

In a special feature, GMA7’s Mel and Joey identified urbanisation, globalization, modernization, and passive lifestyle as factors that cause Juvenile Diabetes. Interestingly, the show’s resource speaker discussed how technology can lead your child to having Juvenile Diabetes. By being addicted to playing PSP and online games, and by not being able to have time for physical activities, children tend to become vulnerable to certain diseases, one of which is Juvenile Diabetes. The time spent in front of the computer or television screen coupled with a bowl of chocolates, candies, and other unhealthy snacks will increase the possibility of your child having Juvenile Diabetes.


What are the symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes?

 Your children could possibly have Juvenile Diabetes. Here are the symptoms of a child who has Juvenile Diabetes:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Exaggerated hunger, although weight loss occurs
  • Chronic weakness and fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Having wounds that take too much time to heal
  • Feeling of numbness in the feet


How to treat Juvenile Diabetes

 It is even more disheartening to know that this type of diabetes has no cure nor there are treatments to reverse it.


Insulin is not a cure but a life support system.  It only helps Juvenile Diabetics manage their blood sugar levels because their pancreas cannot do this job anymore. Insulin may be injected using a syringe, an insulin pen, and an insulin pump.

Along with insulin, it is also imperative for a Juvenile Diabetic to know how to regularly self-monitor his or her blood sugar levels and to have the right diet and exercise routine. Calorie counting with one’s food intake is also helpful for Juvenile Diabetics in self-monitoring. A number of support and advocacy groups are being instituted to help the Juvenile Diabetics: physically, mentally, and emotionally.


It is truly saddening that children with Juvenile Diabetes are deprived of the perks of childhood, especially that of enjoying sweet delights.


While Juvenile Diabetes is considered to be the most severe type of diabetes, living a normal life can still be possible for a Juvenile Diabetic.  With insulin, the right diet, ample exercise, balance between technology and reality, and the love and support of family, friends, medical practitioners, and fellow diabetics, managing Juvenile Diabetes becomes easier.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarahforward
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 10:00:57

    I was shocked when I opened your page Pam, cause just last week I saw a child who might have Juvenile diabetes. She was only 5 years old and she weighs twice my weight. Her mom has to help her walk cause the girl can’t carry herself. I feel pity for the child cause she was throwing tantrums when her mom won’t allow her to play on her cellphone. She was crying and was all over the place. I thought to myself if she’s like this in public, how much more when she’s at home and her mom won’t allow her to play on the computer.

    Parents should be careful not to leave their childrens lolling in front of the TV all the day, eating junk foods to their heart’s content, and playing on the computer for long hours. Children should not be left to suffer for their parents’ neglect.


  2. commbustiblethoughts
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 11:07:11

    Oh no! While reading your post, I became scared for myself. Hihi 🙂 Why? Because I eat dinner every night in my dorm, with takeout fried chicken or whatever cholesterol-rich food I bought, and my laptop ready to play the latest Gossip Girl or Glee episode, or the newest movie I just downloaded from torrent. Yes, this is my routine every night. 🙂 Your post enlightened me that I may not be feeling the symptoms now, but I could very well be at risk of Juvenile Diabetes. Oh no. 😦 But thanks to your very catchy title (:-)), I now know what I must do. 🙂
    This also serves as a shout out to the parents and other adults out there who can read your post. They must not let their children be obsessed with playing video games or PSPs. Children must still learn how to play outdoors. Remember the good times in our childhood, playing piko or taguan? That was fun, right? Children must “go back” to being children again – play outdoors, perspire like crazy, not get addicted to the internet and technology… and fight Juvenile Diabetes as well. 🙂


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