Diabetes Symptoms

Our goal is to help with the care and treatment of diabetes including diagnosing the symptoms

Blood sugar levels
Blood Sugar

Type 2 and Kids a Growing Problem

A 2002 study on obesity and children in the New England Journal of Medicine brought to light the growing problem of kids, weight, and insulin resistance, finding a strong association between childhood obesity and impaired glucose tolerance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the percentage of newly diagnosed children who are classified as having type 2 diabetes has climbed from less than 5 percent before 1994 to 30 to 50 percent in subsequent years. In addition, the number of overweight children overall is increasing at an alarming rate-5.3 million, or 12.5 percent, of Americans between ages six and seventeen are considered obese. Aside from type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity can lead to adult medical issues like atherosclerosis, hypertension, respiratory infections, and sleep apnea.

Weight Control And Exercise

If your child is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and has issues with weight, diet and exercise should be your immediate defense plan. Your pediatrician can formulate a medically sound weight loss program that is tailored to your child's specific needs. A registered dietitian can also be of great help in creating a balanced meal plan for your child. Every child, no matter what her level of athleticism, should be encouraged to get out and get moving. If she's interested, sign her up for some team sports and/or outdoor activities. If she isn't into athletics, activities such as bike and scooter riding, in line skating, hiking, swimming, or dancing are good, noncompetitive ways to get fit. The important thing is to find something that interests her so it becomes something she looks forward to instead of dreading. Keep food itself in perspective and treat it as fuel, not entertainment, comfort, love, or reward. Using treats to make a child feel better instead of communicating about her problems turns food into an inappropriate substitute for affection, and can sabotage self esteem and self sufficiency. Diabetes is a family disease, whether it be type 1 or type 2. Kids can't be expected to diet and exercise if their parents and siblings are living a fast food, couch potato lifestyle. Plan meals and group activities that everyone can enjoy together. If your child has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, now is the time to get him on the path to healthy food attitudes and fitness to get both bad habits and his diabetes under control. What your child learns now will serve him well for the rest of his life.