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Children with diabetes follow a special diet and/or inject insulin

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Diabetes is a disease where the body is not able to regulate its own insulin or blood sugar. Children who have diabetes control this condition by following a special diet and/or by insulin injections. When the blood sugar gets too low it can be life-threatening.

Symptoms of low blood sugar

Symptoms of low blood sugar include:
  • Hunger
  • Drowsiness
  • Trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Perspiration
  • Headache
  • Pallor (pale skin color)
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision

Low blood sugar reactions are most likely to occur:

  • After more exercise than usual
  • After missing a snack or meal
  • When sick or having extra stress

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