Diabetes remains an uncommon condition in children, but its prevalence has risen in recent years. Children were traditionally affected primarily by Type 1 Diabetes, formerly known as “Juvenile Diabetes.” People with Type 1 Diabetes are unable to produce insulin due to the autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, and thus require insulin treatment for survival. Children with Type 1 Diabetes are often diagnosed after presenting with frequent urination, excessive thirst, and weight loss.
Over the past two decades, increasing numbers of children have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which is a condition associated with insulin resistance and obesity. Most people with Type 2 Diabetes initially take medications rather than insulin. Children who consume large amounts of sugary beverages, who are overweight or obese, with close family members with Diabetes, or who are non-Caucasian, are at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Bringing your child for regular check-ups at Preventous will help us monitor your child’s height and weight, which is one of the best ways to detect children at risk for diabetes.
Dr. Bing Wu