Childhood Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Blog blog-childhood-diabetes-what-you-need-to-know-09282015

November marks American Diabetes Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, 9.3 percent of Americans have diabetes and approximately .25 percent of those people – 208,000 individuals – are below the age of 20.

There are several things you can do to prevent your child’s chances of getting diabetes. It starts with making healthier choices for yourself and your child. To combat your child’s risk of type 2 diabetes, Indiana University Health suggests the following:

  • Drink more water and limit sugary drinks
  • Reduce fast food intake
  • Eat fruits and vegetables more often
  • Exercise for 60 minutes each day
  • Limit screen time (e.g. T.V., computer and phone time)

While the above list will get your child started on the path to a healthier lifestyle, you should always be aware of the warning signs and symptoms associated with childhood diabetes. If you are concerned about your child’s health based on the following warning signs, contact your physician to set up an appointment.

Although the above symptoms may hint that your child has diabetes, some of the symptoms can also be isolated incidents. For example, your child may urinate at night for other reasons, or he or she may have blurry vision because of dizziness from not drinking enough water. When these symptoms occur together, however, you should consult a physician with your concerns about your child’s health.

For more information about childhood diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association

Viewing all posts in …

Other Blog Posts That May Interest You

Blog Diabetes Child Web

How to Help Your Child Manage Type 1 Diabetes During Summer


For children with Type 1 diabetes, a lack of school structure coupled with an inconsistent summer...

Continue reading
Blog Sanchez Web

Riley’s Beloved Endocrinologist Dr. Sanchez: ‘These Kids Are Heroes’


The board in his office at Riley is filled with photos of patients. Christmas cards with pictures of...

Continue reading
Blog 3 Docs Craft

Three Diverse Pediatric Doctors, One Organ in Common: The Kidney


They see their backgrounds as the beam that supports their workhouse. These women have rich heritage...

Continue reading

Viewing all posts in …