Diabetes is a medical condition that can affect children and have serious, lifelong health effects. Find out about the types of diabetes, warning signs, and things to do to help prevent diabetes from developing in your child.
Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body can’t use and process glucose (a type of sugar) normally. It affects people of all ages, including children.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body stops making enough insulin. Both types can lead to major health problems, including the need for insulin injections and lifelong blood sugar monitoring.
The number of children and teens diagnosed with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is on the rise. What can you do you to help your child?
Know the warning signs:
Frequent urination and urinary infections
Increased thirst and hunger
Changes in behavior/mood
Losing weight despite eating
Know the risk factors:
Family factors such as race, genetics, and family history of diabetes
Environmental factors such as poor diet and not enough exercise
Lead a healthy lifestyle:
Have your child eat healthy, well-balanced meals
Promote exercise and encourage your child to move and play every day
Take your child to the pediatrician for routine doctor visits and ask the doctor about any concerns you may have