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The number of teens living with type 2 diabetes has increased in recent years, according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 2 diabetes used to be unheard of for this age group; hence, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes.
Until recent years, most children with diabetes had type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes where the pancreas cannot produce insulin). But type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents has skyrocketed in the last 20 years.
It's estimated that type 2 diabetes in youth has grown from less than 5 percent in 1994 to about 20 percent of all newly diagnosed cases.
"Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, and in 2013 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Overweight and obese youth are more likely to have prediabetes which means they are more likely to develop diabetes.
Here are some practical steps to reduce your child’s chances of getting diabetes:
Please share other ideas. Have a great week!
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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