Type 2 diabetes is no longer considered to be adult-onset diabetes.
It used to be that people considered type 2 diabetes to be adult-onset diabetes because the only people who ever developed it were adults. Today, however, more and more children are developing type 2 diabetes. One of the biggest reasons for this rise in type 2 diabetes in children is the rise in childhood obesity. Children who are obese or overweight have a higher risk of developing diabetes. Being obese or overweight is just one of the risk factors of type 2 diabetes that you need to be aware of. The following is a list from our day care in Fairfield of a few more risk factors to consider:
#1. Diabetic Relative
If one of your kids has type 2 diabetes, or if another close relative has it, your child has a higher chance of developing it.
Children who are inactive have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Inactivity also leads to weight gain, which is another risk factor of type 2 diabetes.
Some races are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than others. If your child is Latino, Native American, Asian or African American, he or she has a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that, even if your child has one or more of the above risk factors, there are many things you can do to lower his or her risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In our next blog, our child care experts in Fairfield will be going over diabetes prevention tips, so stay tuned to learn more!