Diabetes in children used to be recognized solely as type-I diabetes, which is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While this disease is still a problem for adolescents, it does not carry the same pressing concerns of the rising prevalence of type-II diabetes in children and teens. This is a disease that occurs because of insulin resistance, a problem that builds over time because of daily habits like poor diet and lack of exercise. Because obesity is a growing problem among children in the United States, type-II diabetes continues to be a problem in younger populations.
Diagnosis and prevention
The signs of type-II diabetes are typically not noticed in children and teens, so a diagnosis is generally made through regular blood testing at annual health physicals. Therefore, it is important to maintain a schedule of regular check-ups so that this disease does not go undiagnosed for a long period of time. However, the best method for fighting back against type-II diabetes is through prevention. Since diabetes is linked to obesity and sedentary lifestyles, you should focus on nutrition for the whole family and encourage your child to get moving on a daily basis.
Diabetes is a chronic condition, meaning that it cannot be permanently treated. However, type-II diabetes can be managed through lifestyle changes that may eliminate the need for diabetes medication. If your child is diagnosed with type-II diabetes, you should work to help him or her check blood sugar daily, choose the right foods for meals and snacks, and know the signs of severe blood sugar fluctuations.
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