Type 2 diabetes in children


Type 2 diabetes in children is a growing problem. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 208,000 Americans under age 20 have diabetes.

The reasons for this are complex, but risk factors include:

The reasons for this are complex, but risk factors include:

  • being overweight, or having a body mass index above the 85th percentile
  • having a birth weight of 9 pounds or more
  • being born to a mother who had diabetes while she was pregnant
  • having a close family member with type 2 diabetes
  • having a sedentary lifestyle
  • being American Indian, Alaska Native, African-American, Asian-American, Latino, or Pacific Islander

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children include:

  • excessive thirst
  • excessive hunger
  • increased urination
  • sores that are slow to heal
  • frequent infections
  • fatigue
  • blurry vision
  • areas of darkened skin

See your child’s doctor immediately if your child has symptoms of diabetes. Untreated diabetes can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.

A random blood sugar test may reveal high blood sugar levels. A hemoglobin A1C test can provide more information about average blood sugar levels over a few months. Your child may also need a fasting blood sugar test.

If your child’s doctor diagnoses them with diabetes, your doctor will need to determine if it’s type 1 or type 2 before suggesting a specific treatment.

You can help lower your child’s risk by encouraging them to eat well and to be physically active every day.

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July 20, 2018