Unexplained Weight Loss
When individuals eat, the sugar in their food is converted into energy, which is used by their cells. Any energy not used at the time is stored in the form of fat cells. The fat on an individual's body is just stored energy they can use later. However, diabetes prevents sugar from being converted into energy and fat storage. This means children aren't receiving the energy they need or storing fat, which leads to extreme weight loss. Parents will typically notice their child losing weight even if they haven't changed their eating habits or exercise routine. Type 2 diabetes is less likely to cause weight loss since the body can still convert some energy. Type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, can lead to rapid and extreme weight loss. Any unexplained weight loss in a child is a reason to consult a pediatrician, as children are supposed to put on weight and muscle as they grow so their bodies can develop healthily.
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