Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Children

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Recently, type 2 diabetes has increasingly been reported in children and adolescents. The global rise of childhood obesity and physical inactivity is widely believed to play a crucial role. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about type 2 diabetes in children 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. The less active your child is, the greater his or her risk.

Exercise and eating right can help your child stay at a healthy weight and lower the chances of getting the disease. Diabetes can be managed with diet, exercise and medicine.

If your child has diabetes, he or she might need to use a glucose meter to check blood sugar levels. Your health care provider may check your childs blood pressure and cholesterol levels to make sure they stay normal. Your provider can also tell you the best way to manage your childs diabetes.

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