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Name: Sheriff Hunkster
Special Need: Diabetes Mellitus
Best Friends: Leonard and Sike
Favorite Movie: Jim Brown – All-American
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ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEED:
NAME OF CONDITION:
THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN/PEOPLE AFFECTED: 7,900 children and adolescents younger than age 20 years have Type 1 diabetes, 5,300 children and adolescents ages 10 to 19 years have Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes in Youth
About 193,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed with diabetes, approximately 0.24% of that population.
In 2011—2012, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 17,900 with Type 1 diabetes, 5,300 with type 2 diabetes. Type I Diabetes is when the pancreas or body is not making insulin. This is the most common form of diabetes seen in children.
Type 2 Diabetes is when the insulin made by the body is not enough or the body is resistant to the insulin being made.
Mixtures of the two.
Talk to your pediatrician, you may need an endocrinologist as a consultant. An endocrinologist is a specialist in Diabetes Mellitus.