My child is overweight and her doctor says she's at risk of type 2 diabetes. Are there steps we can take to lower her risk?
Answers from Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
Yes. Parents can do a lot to help their kids prevent type 2 diabetes. Make it a family affair. Healthy changes become habits more easily when everyone does them together.
Here are some tips to get you started:
May 18, 2018
- Get more active. Go for walks, play ball, or go to the park. Children need at least 60 minutes of activity a day.
- Cut back on sugar. Limit sugar-sweetened drinks and juice.
- Offer healthy snacks. Focus on vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
- Limit screen time. That includes TVs, computers, tablets, and phones.
- Eat dinner as a family. Keep the TV turned off.
- See a dietitian. Some grocery chains have a dietitian to help you at no charge.
See more Expert Answers
- Moreland P (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. May 11, 2018.
- Diabetes: Type 2. AskMayoExpert. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2015.
- Prevent type 2 diabetes in kids. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/features/prevent-diabetes-kids/index.html. Accessed May 11, 2018.