November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Type 2 diabetes most often occurs in adults. But children can also get it. Having Type 2 diabetes means that their pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin — and what it does make doesn’t work as it should to turn blood sugar (glucose) into energy.

Many children get a prediabetes diagnosis before they’re diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes means your child’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Children with prediabetes have a high risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in the teen years, but it can affect younger kids, too. Your child might be really tired, have blurry vision, pee (urinate) more often (especially at night) and feel very hungry or thirsty. They may also lose weight. Eventually, high blood sugar levels can lead to disorders of the circulatory, nervous and immune systems.

Type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes, but both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can begin during childhood and adulthood. Type 2 is more common in older adults. But the increase in the number of children with obesity has led to more cases of type 2 diabetes in younger people.

There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes. Losing weight, eating well and exercising can help manage the disease. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to control blood sugar, diabetes medications or insulin therapy may be recommended.

CARR4Kids has a number of tools that can be used to help children understand Diabetes Type 2, how their bodies work as well as what they can do to be healthy.  With a strong commitment to supporting parents, CARR has tools specifically designed to help parents guide their children in understanding the disease and be proactive in their choices. Check them out in our Shop – here is the link –