Hey Mom's, Let's Take a Look at Some Facts!
Amazing but true that not that long ago, it was unusual to hear about a child with Type 2 Diabetes. If a child had Diabetes, it was thought to be Type 1. That is no longer true according to the Center of Disease Control(CDC). Statistics show that more than 186,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes! How can you prevent this risk to your child's health? What can you do if your child is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?
What You Should Know about Type 2 Diabetes
Today, as promised I would like to discuss Diabetes in children. We've reviewed previously how Diabetes develops when the pancreas stops making the insulin hormone. For Mom's with Diabetic children you play an important role in your child controlling his or her diabetes. It can be stressful for a child to learn how to manage their diabetes. Your child can live a long and healthy life if they learn to master controlling their diabetes. You will need to allow your child to do as much of the care as possible. Of course, even though your encouraging your child to take charge of this disease, you want to always give your child support and guidance.
Your child needs to understand that managing diabetes is keeping blood sugar levels in a specific range. There are several ways to keep diabetes "in check" in order to accomplish control over this disease. Your child will need to have insulin, watch what they eat (carbohydrate intake) and exercise. Another tool used to manage your child's blood sugar level is a glucometer. The glucometer is a must and should be part of your child's daily routine.
It is important for you to know that the longer he or she has Diabetes the higher the risk for problems with eye disease, heart, blood vessels, nerves and their kidneys. Children don't have these other problems usually in childhood however if your child doesn't control Diabetes, it can lend to problems later on in their life. Therefore, they need to start early so they can prevent these other issues associated with Diabetes from developing. They will have to always manage their Diabetes in order to live a long and healthy life.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
We've previously discussed Type 2 Diabetes in an adult but there is a difference in that the cells in a child's body are resistant to the effects of insulin therefore, glucose will build up in their bloodstream. This can lead to dangerous levels of glucose in their body. Especially over time, it will cause the body to become less able to handle all of that glucose in the bloodstream. When these high levels occur they cause other complications like blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.
What Are the Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in Children?
It is so important for Mom's to know what the risk factors are for their children with Type 2 diabetes and how it can effect them as well. Mom's can help control this disease by creating an overall healthy diet and good eating habits. Children at high risk for Diabetes are those that are overweight. Other factors are as follows: Family history, females, and specific ethnic groups such as American Indian, African-American, Asian, or Hispanic/Latino. Most children are diagnosed with Diabetes at the beginning of puberty. During puberty a developmental stage, the insulin resistance is higher.
What is the greatest risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes in Children?
I bet you can guess which factor listed above is the single greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes in children none other than excess weight. In the U.S., almost one out of every five children is considered to be overweight. When your child is overweight, they increase their chances greatly of developing Diabetes. One in five! The statistics are astounding in the number of children that have this disease. Hey, wake up a big contributor is what we eat. Give your child an upper hand in beating their odds of developing Diabetes with a healthy diet. Contributing factors that lead to excess weight are unhealthy eating patterns, Lack of physical activity, inherited trait, a hormone problem or other medical condition. We can make a difference in prevention by eating healthy and setting a good example. Just like adults, Type 2 Diabetes in children has been linked to excess abdominal weight. This is an obesity pattern that increases the chance of insulin resistance and risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Do You Know What the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in Children Are?
The symptoms develop slowly so their hard to notice in your child. You may not notice any of the symptoms until you eventually notice one or more of the following symptoms: Unexplained weight loss, they're eating like a lion even after eating and always thirsty. They can have dry mouth and urinate more often, they tend to be very tired and can have blurred vision. Does your child heal slowly in that it takes forever for him/her to heal from minor sores or cuts, have itchy skin, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet? These symptoms are very common in Diabetic children. If you see these symptoms in your child it would just be a good idea to take your child to their regular Pediatrician or Family Doctor.
Now that we've covered a little about the big D word, let's chat about our next interesting health topic. Get ready this Wednesday, June 11th for a gastrointestinal illness! I'm keeping it a secret you'll have to visit to read about it. Subscribe and get great health information, tips and products delivered to your inbox. Share with your friends and family too.