Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Learning About Type 2 Diabetes
Finding the Causes and Risk Factors
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
Screening and Diagnosing
- Family history: a close relative with type 2 diabetes, including mothers having diabetes or gestational diabetes
- Other conditions associated with insulin resistance, such as:
Making Lifestyle Changes
Planning healthy meals
- Eliminate regular sodas, limit carbohydrates and fruit juice, and have your child eat whole grains and vegetables.
- Count grams of carbohydrates and read food labels.
Increasing physical activity
- Encourage your child to get plenty of active play time every day.
- Plan for periods of low blood sugar caused by activity. Carry short-acting glucose or carbohydrates.
Monitoring and taking medications
- Check your child's blood sugar levels throughout the day if directed. There are different ways to check blood sugar levels. Some methods involve pricking the finger or arm and applying a drop of blood to a meter with a glucose-sensitive strip.
- Schedule regular eye and foot exams to detect and treat early vision and circulatory problems.
- Have your child's blood pressure and cholesterol levels monitored.
- To control blood sugar, have your child take medications and/or insulin injections as prescribed.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Children
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/30/2014 -