The First-Ever Guidelines for Diabetic Children
The CDC estimates that 3,600 children per year are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That means that roughly one in three of all children diagnosed with diabetes are type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is genetic; you can be born with it or it can show up later in life. There are precautions that can be taken, for example eating right and exercising, to decrease the risk of the disease, but ultimately an individual diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was predisposed. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 is often the result of poor nutrition, lack of exercise and more commonly today -- obesity.
Over the years, as the obesity epidemic has spread, the incidence of type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased, posing a major threat in the medical world. Children with type 2 diabetes will have to monitor it throughout their lives, and, if not treated properly, it can cause serious harm.
Guidelines for Diabetic Children
Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics laid out guidelines for children suffering from diabetes in order to jump-start an initiative to help parents mitigate the issue. Despite said guidelines, experts were clear on the number one best practice to keep your children safe: prevention.
Some of the guidelines can be seen online in this article published in US News’ HealthDay.
Perhaps the most interesting of the guidelines is this one:
“Children with type 2 diabetes should be encouraged to exercise at least 60 minutes a day and to limit their nonacademic "screen time" (video games, television) to less than two hours a day.”
Experts on the subject admit that the issue of children remaining stationary all day, playing with their electronics, did not pose as a major threat years ago but now has a significant role in child obesity.
Keep Your Kids Safe
The best way to assure your children’s safety is by teaching healthy eating habits (potato chips don't count as vegetables!) and frequent, regular exercise. As a parent, remember: prevention, prevention, prevention.
Among these regular, healthy habits, always be sure to take your children to the doctor regularly, inform their physician of any pertinent family health problems and beware of a frequent need to urinate or any signs of increased thirst which may indicate diabetes.
By: Jennifer Wolfe
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