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Nearly 3,700 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each year, according to SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, a multi-center study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control.
Traditionally, most children diagnosed with diabetes below the age of 20 have had type 1 diabetes. Now, type 2 is becoming more common.
The American Diabetes Association lists several risk factors for type 2 diabetes in young people:
If your child or teen has type 2 diabetes, don't blame yourself. Help them change the risk factors that can be changed.
If your child or your teenager has type 2 diabetes, here are a few tips to keep blood sugars under good control and stay healthy:
Your child or teen should see a healthcare provider if he/she:
If your child or teen starts taking care of themselves they can live a long and healthy life. Talk to your health care provider about your child or teen's risk for diabetes. If your child doesn't have type 2 diabetes, but has risk factors to develop diabetes, take action to lower the risk. Have a good week.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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