Type 2 diabetes, once called non-insulin-dependent diabetes, is the MOST common form of diabetes. It is affecting 90% to 95% of the 26 million Americans with diabetes. These statistics are those of adults, but sadly there is a rise of Type 2 diabetes in children. More and more children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The following are risk factors are associated with Type 2 diabetes in children...
- Being overweight
- Family history of diabetes
- Female gender
- Specific ethnic groups (American Indian, African-American, Asian or Hispanic/Latino)
- Other problems with insulin resistance
The single greatest risk factor in children is excess weight. In the U.S. nearly one out of every five children is considered to be overweight, chances are more than doubled that the child will develop diabetes. One or more of these factors may contribute to excess weight or obesity:
- Unhealthy eating patterns
- Lack of physical activity
- An inherited tendency
- Rarely, a hormone problem or other medical condition
There are many components that can influence the chances of a child getting Type 2 Diabetes. As a society I believe if we look at the whole picture, there can be a positive change in to future!I would love to hear your opinions on the topic....what do you think?!