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Health Raps: Diabetes


Children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are generally between 10 and 19 years old, obese, insulin-resistant, and had a strong family history for type 2 diabetes. Those affected belong to all ethnic groups. I think this is a bit too technical. See below for another way to phrase.

As more children and adolescents become overweight and are less physically active, type 2 diabetes is on the rise. New diagnoses of type 2 diabetes are being made more often in children and adolescents 10-19 years of age in all ethnic groups. Many of these children are overweight, have a strong family history of diabetes and have problems with their body's response to insulin.

The epidemics of obesity and the low level of physical activity among young people, as well as exposure to diabetes in utero, may be major contributors to the increase in type 2 diabetes during childhood and adolescence.

Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem among our children. It is difficult to detect type 2 diabetes in children because it can go undiagnosed for a long time. Children with the disease may have no symptoms or mild symptoms and need blood tests for diagnosis. Families should seek the advice of their doctor in order for a full evaluation to be done and a diagnosis made.

One way to help control type 2 diabetes in children is through diet and exercise.

The USDA provides a wealth of helpful, updated information at at fnic.nal.usda.gov/diet-and-disease/diabetes. For a healthy meal plan that is based on your child's individual needs, you should work with a registered dietitian (RD) with expertise in diabetes management and with your family's doctor.

"Health Raps: Diabetes" was produced in September of 2004. For the most recently updated health information, consult a physician and visit health.gov.