It’s important to learn the truth about type 2 diabetes in children. 

Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, and if you want to help your child manage or prevent it, it’s important to learn the truth about it. Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes is very misunderstood, and there are many myths and misconceptions about it. Luckily, our child care experts in Newtown are here to set the record straight. The following is a list from our day care center of some of the most common myths about type 2 diabetes in children debunked:

Myth #1. Your child can grow out of diabetes. 

Unlike type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes won’t necessarily be insulin dependent for their rest of their lives. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be controlled by making lifestyle changes, but children who develop it are more likely to get high blood sugars throughout their lives.

Myth #2. Diabetes isn’t serious. 

Diabetes is incredibly common, and many people who have been diagnosed are able to live normal lives, however, it is a very serious condition that should not be taken lightly.  According to the American Diabetes Association, two out of three people who have diabetes die from a stroke or heart disease.

Myth #3. Type 2 diabetes isn’t as serious as type 1 diabetes. 

While type 2 diabetes can be easier to control than type 1 diabetes, both types of diabetes can be incredibly serious. If left untreated, diabetes in any form can led to serious complications, including heart disease, blindness, stroke, kidney disease and even amputation.

Learn the truth about more common myths about type 2 diabetes when you stay tuned for our next blog.