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Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Children’s health is very important to be taken care of. Parents assume that their kids are healthy without doing the medical check-up. It is a must that children’s health must be checked up regularly in the periodic basis. Child’s health includes physical, mental and social behaviour. Most parents just follow the basics of providing healthy food to their children, making them sleep well, make them do and practice physical exercise and ensure that they are safe and secure. But it is very necessary that all the parents must have the habit of checking their kids regularly to avoid any health issues. Other check-up’s like drastic weight loss or weight gain, problems in sleeping, the sudden change in behaviour, skin infections or rashes, high temperature, breathing problems and frequent sore throats must be done very frequently to keep the children healthy. Sometimes when the regular check-ups are not done, any kind of health issue may grow severely and will be diagnosed only at the end. Getting to know about any health problem at the crucial stage is very dangerous and sometimes can be very difficult to cure it which may result in life loss.

Nowadays most of the kids have a special kind of diabetes called type 2. Parents must be more responsible and learn more about type 2 diabetes in children, helps them to prevent that occurring to their children. Studies have said that nearly 8% to 45% of the kids are diagnosed with T2D. Once they are diagnosed with diabetes, they will have a lifetime problem of dealing with it. Parents must not only keep their kids healthy but also make sure that their medications are taken regularly and have to plan the emergency protocols with their school teachers and friends accordingly in the event of any sudden attack.

Difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in kids

Even though both diabetes 1 and diabetes 2 have a common feature of increasing the blood sugar levels, they are completely different in manner. Type 2 is also named as non-insulin dependent diabetes. The fact is that the child having T2D still produces insulin but it makes the child’s body to react differently to the insulin. It avoids the glucose to enter into the cells in the normal manner which is also called insulin resistance and makes pancreas to think that it needs more insulin to compensate. This also makes a body to think of producing more insulin than normal. Even the doctors are not 100% sure of the idea what makes to cause diabetes to create. It can also be due to some correlation of genetics. Research says that at least 45% to 80% of type 2 diabetes diagnosed child have at least one parent suffering form that condition. Even both parents and children have such type at the same time. There are the lot of cases that kids with overweight have the high chance of getting type 2 than other children. It is because of a lot of excess fat makes difficult for the cells to properly respond to the insulin produced. Taking all the facts into consideration, kids with overweight are now in the scary situation.

Symptoms of T2D in children

The symptoms of type 2 are not that clear and sure because it can take some time to develop. Some cases can be like there were no such signs of type 2 at all. But still, it is better to know about the warning signs. Some of them are more frequent urination, dehydration even though more liquid is consumed, feeling tired or drowsy and having blurred vision. If not monitored properly and regularly they may lead to some complications. Some of them are dark, thick, velvet kind of skin developed around the neck. This is also known as acanthosis nigricans. Type 2 basically occurs in kids of all ages. This forces parents to take huge responsibility of taking care of their children. Managing child’s glucose level can be done properly until children are enrolled into play school or first grade. Many parents will delay sending their children to school that has been diagnosed fearing that other people will not take care of the child’s condition. Only when the parents keep monitoring and take them to regular check-up, the children health condition will be good.

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