Type 2 Diabetes in Youth

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

With the rising rates of child obesity in the country, there has also been an increasing number of young people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about type 2 diabetes and its prevention and treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Diabetes is when your body cannot control the amount of sugar in your blood. Diabetes can cause problems with your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and feet.

Adults usually get type 2 diabetes, but more and more children and teenagers are getting the disease.

Children are more likely to get type 2 diabetes if they are overweight or have a family member who has type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Exercise and eating right can help your child stay a healthy weight and lower the chances of getting the disease.

Diabetes can be managed with diet, exercise and medicine. Your child might need to use a glucose meter to check blood sugar levels during the day. Your doctor may check your childs blood pressure and cholesterol levels to make sure they stay normal. Your doctor can also tell you the best way to manage your childs diabetes.

Your child should know how to manage his or her diabetes at school. A teacher or school nurse can help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.