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Hi, my name is Debby and I am 14 years old... butt lately I am always drinking water and tired also my pee is really yellow I have herd that if you drink water it won't be yellow ... but this is my real question ¿what are the symptoms of diabetes? You see all my family has diabetes and I am really getting worried.

I hope you reply back thanks Debby

Answer:

Dear Debby,

In a child, simply drinking a lot or urinating a lot is often not a real symptom of diabetes, unless it is accompanied by weight loss or other symptoms. Diabetes can be harder to diagnosis in teens and adults, who instead of losing weight, are often overweight when they have diabetes.

Most children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese insulin resistant, and have a family history of type 2 diabetes.

They also may have physical signs of insulin resistance such as acanthosis nigricans (a brown to black, poorly defined, velvety hyperpigmentation of the skin).

If you are overweight, you are more likely to be insulin resistant, especially if you are carrying extra weight in your belly.

If you have any of the following symptoms of metabolic syndrome, you are more likely to be insulin resistant.

The metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of metabolic risk factors in one person. They include:

-Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen)

-Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders - high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol - that foster plaque buildups in artery walls)

-Elevated blood pressure Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can't properly use insulin or blood sugar)

-Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in the blood)

-Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated C-reactive protein in the blood).

Some diabetes symptoms include:

-Frequent urination

-Excessive thirst

-Extreme hunger

-Unusual weight loss

-Increased fatigue
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-Irritability Blurry vision

-Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet

-Skin that is dry or itchy, frequent infections or cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal are also signs that something is amiss.

Causes in children of yellow urine are:

-Dehydration
-Excessive sweating
-Insufficient fluid intake
-Excessive intake of foods containing carotene
-Riboflavin intake
-Rifampicin use
-Phenazopyridine use

 

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