Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. When a child is diagnosed with diabetes it is commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes ortype 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes is not related to a child’s lifestyle, it is anautoimmune disease that results in the need for insulin injections for food to be turnedinto energy properly. In recent years there have been an increased number of childrenthat have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is an alarming trend and one that canbe mitigated because the link between children and type 2 diabetes is childhood obesity.
As it is fairly new that children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes there isn’t a lotof information or studies on it presently. But what is known is that parents need to takeaction immediately. Once a child has been diagnosed at an older age there isn’t muchthat can be done except to manage the disease. But if a younger child is obese and makeshealthy lifestyle changes that result in weight loss there is a chance that type 2 diabetescan be avoided.
Some of the early warning signs that your child may have diabetes include:* A sudden increase in thirst that appears to never be satiated* An increased need to urinate* Dark patches on the skin – usually found in the folds of the skin, around the neckor around the eyes. As there are many other diseases and complications that can arise if your child is obese itis best to seek medical help for your child. Between you and your health careprofessional, a plan can be made and put into place that will start your child on the roadto a healthier weight and more active lifestyle. Your child may be resistant at first but byinvolving them in the process and persistence the changes can be made.