Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Children - Topic Overview
Starting at age 10 or at the beginning of puberty, a child who has a
body mass index (BMI) in the 85th percentile or higher
for his or her age—or whose weight is more than 120% of ideal—and who has two
of the following risk factors needs to be tested for
type 2 diabetes every 3 years:1
If the results of a blood glucose test mean that your
child's blood sugar is higher than normal but not yet at the level of diabetes
(prediabetes), the test should be repeated 3 months
later to find out whether your child has developed diabetes. If your child eats a balanced diet and gets regular exercise,
he or she may not develop diabetes.
For more information, see the
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's BMI? and the topic Type 2 Diabetes in
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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