The Effects of Juvenile Diabetes on Children

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THE EFFECTS OF JUVENILE DIABETES IN CHILDREN

Submitted by
Jonah de Vera
Johanna Marie Nicolas

Business Department
Assumption College
San Lorenzo Village, Makati
March 6, 2008

I. Introduction
       Diabetes was known way back by physicians of Ancient Greece and named as such and means “siphon” in Greek and was not as spectacular as it is now.        Doctors and scientists think diabetes may be caused by viruses, genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise.        Diabetes is one of the major leading causes of death in the Philippines. In 2002, it was the 6th leading cause of death in the United State alone. It cost US $ 132 billion per year for direct and indirect costs on the part of the government. Also in the United States the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that, diabetes will affect one in three people known in the United States. It also projects an increase by 165% by 2050 which is very alarming.        Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the person fails to get the benefit of the food which he or she eats, particularly sugar and starch. There are three types of diabetes: Juvenile diabetes, Adult-onset diabetes and Gestalt diabetes. Any person of any age can contract the disease whether through hereditary or acquired by chance. It has global and societal implications and is now called an epidemic.        The researchers would focus more on the type one (1) diabetes which is Juvenile Insulin Dependent Diabetes or JIDD which affects children or ages under 4o, and is triggered by environmental factors such as viruses, diet or chemical in people genetically predisposed.        This paper was prepared in order for the researchers as well as the readers to know the emotional effects of Juvenile Diabetes in children particularly since birth up to age 16, how these young people deal or cope up with this kind of disease and the reaction of the children when they knew that they have diabetes. A through discussion of the emotional effects of Juvenile Diabetes will be taken up and therefore have a better understanding of the disease. A. Background of the Study

      Juvenile Diabetes formerly known as Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) or childhood diabetes is characterized by loss of the insulin-producing beta cells of the islets of Langerhans of the pancreas leading to a deficiency of insulin. It is estimated that 10-15% people are diagnosed with diabetes have type one (1).       People with type one (1) diabetes must inject themselves with insulin followed by a careful diet and exercise and monitor their blood glucose levels using blood testing monitors. Insulin therapy may be required through the young person’s life. Therapy needed not adversely affect the child’s activities, growth rate or psychological or intellectual development.       Diabetes is common in the family of the researchers one is Juvenile and the other is Adult-onset. Since Juvenile diabetes in the family is more on adults, the researchers decided to come up with a study about the emotional effects of Juvenile diabetes in children particularly since birth up to age 16. They wanted to know the different emotions felt, their reaction when they knew that they have diabetes, how they were able to deal or cope up with this disease and how they were able to adjust in life despite of their sickness.       As the researchers find out the answers to their questions about the emotional effects of Juvenile diabetes in children through interview and questionnaire method, they wanted to be a bridge in making a difference in the lives of these children. A. Statement of the Problem or Research Objectives

   The researchers would like to know the emotional state of Juvenile Diabetes in children since birth up to age 16. Main Objective:
      The researchers chose this project for them to have a better understanding of juvenile diabetes and the emotional effects of this disease in children...
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