Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Prevention
Healthy meals, physical activity, and
weight control can help prevent diabetes or can prevent or delay complications
if your child has diabetes. A
registered dietitian can help you build a healthy meal
plan for your child. Your doctor, exercise specialist, or
certified diabetes educator also can help your child
find ways to become more physically active.
Weight loss is
appropriate if your child is overweight and he or she has reached adult height.
In some severe cases, weight loss before your child reaches his or her full
adult height may be needed. See the
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's BMI?
Having a blood sugar level that is higher than normal but not yet at the
level of diabetes (prediabetes) increases a child's risk for type 2
diabetes. If your child
has prediabetes, eating a healthy diet and increasing physical exercise may
make his or her blood sugar return to a normal range and possibly prevent type
2 diabetes. Your child will still need to see a doctor regularly to check for
signs of the disease.
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