Does your child have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

More and more kids are starting to develop type 2 diabetes, and many researchers have attributed this to the rise in childhood obesity. If your child’s body mass index (BMI) is above the 85th percentile, he or she has a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes. If you haven’t already, check out our Monroe day care’s latest blog to learn about other common risk factors of type 2 diabetes. The good news is that, even if your child is at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, there are many things you can do to lower his or her risk:

#1. Feed your child a healthy diet. 

Diet plays a huge role in your child’s weight, and that’s why it’s a good place to start when your child needs to lose excess weight. Replace refined carbohydrates and sugar with homemade, well-balanced meals that are full of veggies, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins.

#2. Encourage your child to exercise. 

Regular exercise is an incredibly important part of type 2 diabetes prevention. Sign your child up for an organized sport or learn a new activity that the whole family can enjoy, like riding bikes or rollerskating.

#3. Set an example for your child!

Kids are constantly watching and learning from their parents, so make sure that you are setting a good example! If you make eating healthy and exercising priorities in your own life, your child is more likely to do so as well!

In our next blog, our child care experts in Monroe will be going over common myths about type 2 diabetes, so stay tuned to learn more.