Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Type 2 diabetes in children has become much more common. Historically, type 2 diabetes was thought to be a disease common in older adults. In fact, it was referred to as “adult” onset diabetes because a few decades ago, type 2 diabetes was only common in older adults. No one ever suspected type 2 diabetes in children, teenagers, or young adults. Therefore, discovering type 2 diabetes in children can be a real shock to most parents. And even more shocking or perhaps a little scary for some children. However, with delicious, healthy and fun diabetic foods found in our diabetic meal planner, you can get and keep your child’s blood sugar under control.
Treating type 2 diabetes in children is mostly the same as an adult. However, depending on the age of your child (preschooler, school-age, adolescent teen, or young adult teen) your challenges can vary. You can treat their diabetes with medication, diet, and exercise or diet and exercise. You can find delicious kid-friendly diabetic recipes that the entire family may enjoy with our budget-friendly diabetic meal planner. The meal planner is loaded with lots of low carb pizza, low carb gummies, low carb popsicles, and low carb breads to eat. So, the diabetic meal planner can save you lots of time trying to figure out what to eat. It can also save you tons of money with sugar free dessert recipes and strict low carb bread recipes.
Type 2 diabetes in children can be controlled properly with a basic low carb diet and/or traditional diabetes medication and/or exercise. For some, a strict low carb diet and exercise works well.
Signs & Symptoms
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children include, but are not limited to:
- increased thirst
- frequent urination
- sweet smelling breath and/or sweet body odor
- fatigue & drowsiness
- dark patchy skin (acanthosis nigricans)
The cause of type 2 diabetes in children is no different than that of an adult. The cause of type 2 diabetes in children includes a high carbohydrate diet which is usually accompanied by insufficient exercise for the amount of sugary fuel consumed. The combination of these two factors often, but not always, lead to childhood obesity. However, a child can have a relatively normal and healthy weight when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Obesity in itself can increases a child’s risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, there are more options. Just as many adults with diabetes are learning how to control their blood sugar with a strict low carb diet, so can parents with children.
Type 2 diabetes in children can be prevented by providing children with good nutritious foods to eat and increasing their level of activity. This can be achieved by providing them with low carb foods and low carb snacks. Our body runs primarily on carbs, so carbs are found super-abundantly in most foods. So, a strict low carb diet may be stricter than you initially think. However, with time, the body can adapt to using other fuel sources.
Without proper blood sugar treatment management, the sugar will build up in the blood, which can lead to serious long-term complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is a chronic condition, but it can be managed well. Since diabetes is a condition that affects the blood, without proper blood sugar level control, it can have an effect on multiple organs in the body. The higher the blood sugar levels & the more frequent blood sugar levels are elevated, the greater the risk of experiencing type 2 diabetes complications. Therefore, it is important for type 2 diabetes in children to be controlled properly.
One unspoken short-term complication of type 2 diabetes with children and adults is critically low blood sugar levels. If too much blood sugar lowering medication is taken, blood sugar levels can go dangerously low leading to coma or death without quick intervention. So, it is important to keep real sugar with you at all times when taking or giving a blood sugar lowering medication to your child. Adults know when they are feeling dizzy and faint, but depending on the age of your child, they may not look like they are feeling bad from a critically low blood sugar or they may not tell you that they are feeling bad. So, careful blood sugar monitoring is important along with always being prepared with some emergency easy to consume sugar to eat or to administer as needed.
You can minimize the risk of long-term and short term type 2 diabetes complication with a proper low carb diet, exercise, and diabetes medication. Or you can learn how to manage type 2 diabetes with a strict diet and thereby prevent diabetic complications as well as critically low blood sugar levels.
This has been a brief introduction to children and type 2 diabetes. Now you know both the signs of type 2 diabetes in children and symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children. So, if you suspect that your child may have type 2 diabetes, please seek appropriate medical care and monitor their blood sugar levels closely. I hope that you have found this information helpful for dealing with type 2 diabetes in children.