Stop believing the myths about type 2 diabetes!

Type 2 diabetes is something that all parents should, at least, be aware of, because more and more kids have started to develop it. Unfortunately, it is commonly misunderstood, and there are many myths and misconceptions around it. If you haven’t already, check out our Peekskill day care’s latest blog to learn the truth about a few common type 2 diabetes myths, and keep reading to learn more from our child care experts:

Myth #4. If your child isn’t overweight, he or she won’t develop diabetes. 

While it’s true that being overweight or obese puts your child at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it isn’t the only thing that can cause it, and kids who are thin can still develop diabetes. Genetics and ancestry can also play a role.

Myth #5. Children with diabetes have to stick to a special diet. 

While children who have type 2 diabetes should certainly focus on eating a healthy diet, it is the same healthy diet that we all need to follow. Just like all other kids, children with type 2 diabetes should eat a diet low in sugar and high in lean protein, healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Myth #6. Children with diabetes should reduce their activity levels.

It’s important to bring snacks and stay hydrated while exercising, as certain workouts can lower blood sugar, but exercise is still incredibly important for children with diabetes. Exercise helps to control blood sugar, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Plus, it helps to prevent some of the most dangerous complications of type 2 diabetes, such as nerve damage and heart disease.