4 Facts About Diabetes in Children


While many think of diabetes as an adult disease, children can also be diagnosed with it. In fact, kids can develop type one or type two diabetes, though the former is more common in children. Let’s take a look at some facts about this metabolic disease and its presence in the youngest generation.

#1 Diabetes Rates are Rising Among Children

A child gets her blood sugar levels tested.

Research from an ongoing study called the, “SEARCH Study,” shows that the rates of type one and type two diabetes in children have been increasing for the past decade. The greatest increase has been seen in minority children. In fact, a child as young as 3 years old was even diagnosed with type two diabetes.

#2 Complications are Appearing Earlier

As more children develop diabetes early on, they are also starting to develop complications sooner. The SEARCH study found that three out of four children with type two diabetes develop at least one complication by the age of 21.

#3 Kids Don’t Outgrow Diabetes

There is evidence that children with type two diabetes may see an improvement in their blood sugar levels as they age or develop a better lifestyle. However, this doesn’t mean that they are outgrowing their disease. Those who are diagnosed will always be prone to elevated blood sugar levels.

#4 Children With Diabetes Can Have Carbohydrates

Low-carb and no-carb diets are becoming very popular among some adult diabetics. However, it may not be the best idea to restrict a child’s diet this much. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body, and a child’s body needs that energy for healthy growth. As long as their diabetes is well-managed, kids can enjoy up to 60% of their diet as carbohydrate foods. They are even able to enjoy occasional sweets or candy.


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Type 2 Diabetes in Children Has Researchers Concerned. URL Link. Accessed October 12th, 2017.

Diabetes Facts and Myths. URL Link. Accessed October 12th, 2017.


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