Type 2 Diabetes in Children – When to Seek Help

Type 2 Diabetes in children is common.

Weight gain seems to be something that almost everyone is dealing with during the pandemic. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, even for children. Diabetes, for instance, can be life-changing and life-threatening. There is no cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, so parents shouldn’t take it lightly if their child is diagnosed. Prevention and early intervention is very important. 

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar in the blood. In Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. In the past, Type 2 diabetes was considered to be an adult-onset disease, as most children with diabetes had Type 1. But more and more, children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

What is the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Both types of diabetes can be difficult to manage and can lead to lifelong lifestyle changes. Type 1 diabetes usually affects children and adolescents, or individuals under 40 years of age. It is also considered an autoimmune disease and must be managed using insulin injections or an insulin pump. Type 2 diabetes can affect anyone of any age and can be a direct effect of genetics, eating habits, weight gain, or a lack of activity.  

Type 2 Diabetes in children can be difficult to observe. Paying attention to any red flags is recommended.

What are Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in Children?

Unfortunately, there may not be any symptoms of Type 2 diabetes in children, which can delay treatment and cause the disease to get worse. Parents should pay attention to the following signs of Type 2 diabetes:

  • Exhaustion or extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Urinating a lot 
  • Being very thirsty 
  • Darkening of the back of the neck
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite

How is Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosed and Treated?

Your child can only be diagnosed by a medical professional. Blood is drawn to test for glucose or sugar levels over the past three months. Depending on the sugar levels, the medical professional will prescribe a plan of care for your child. Sometimes lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and increased exercise are prescribed. Other times medication is necessary in order to manage the condition.

If you feel that your child is having any of the above mentioned symptoms, bring them to the nearest emergency room. Hospitality Health ER in Galveston is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with virtually no wait time.