NY2125, you're smart to think about diabetes - type 1 - the autoimmune type. Previously known as juvenile diabetes. Do you know the warning signs? Thirsty, frequent urination (sometimes bedwetting) anxiety, hunger, dizziness, tired, shaking, sweating, and deep, heavy, labored breathing. Watch for signs of a virus. When my son was diagnosed I had no clue. He was vomitting and breathing heavy. We just throught it was the flu. Wrong!!!! He was in diabetic ketoacidosis and could have died. His body had attacked his beta cells in the pancreas and his sugars were over 400. His body was using fat for fuel instead of carbs and producing ketones. Ketones are the body burning fat for fuel and urine will become darker yellow. This is a nasty time of year to mistake these symptoms for the flu. They mimick each other. Weight loss is another indicator. If these things happen, go right to the ER and demand a blood sugar test. T1 is an epidemic. What's the cause? No one knows, but I have my theories. These kids today don't build up their immunities like I did when I got the chicken pox and measles. They've eradicated those diseases and created another one. My other theory is chemicals in our foods and the air we breathe and plastics. BPA's. Our wheat supply has changed over the last 50 years and is causing celiac disease, gluten intolerance and inflammation in our bodies and other autoimmune diseases, like lupus. I hope your child never gets this God awful disease. It's not fun, but it's manageable. Technology has come a long way in the treatment for it, but there is still no cure. There's lots of research being done on it and maybe one day there will be a way to get the beta cells to reactivate themselves and turn them back on to produce insulin again. In the meantime, tell your friends not to just think their kid has the flu. Tell them the signs and spread the word and save a life.