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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was previously believed to be “adult onset” however,  was once called “adult onset” diabetes, because children hardly ever got it. Childhood obesity rates have risen in recent years and children are being diagnosed with this form of the disease. 

Risk Factors for Type 2 diabetes in children 

  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising regularly
  • Being African American, Hispanic American, or American Indian
  • A low level HDL cholesterol
  • A high triglyceride level
  • Being female
  • Having slightly high blood sugar levels (prediabetes)

How to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in children 

  • A healthy diet
  • Weight loss, if needed
  • Regular exercise
  • Reducing unhealthy snacks such as processed foods and carbohydrates 
  • Reducing salt intake
  • Reducing sugar intake 

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