Diabetes was once only seen among adults, but now the metabolic condition is also being seen among children and as young as 9 years old.
A report by National Diabetes Education Program reveals the type 1 and type 2 diabetes rates are increasing among the youths of United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals about 200,000 people aged 20 or below are pre-diabetic.
Pre-diabetic is a term used when the glucose levels are higher but not too high to call the condition as diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is common in children. It is also referred as juvenile diabetes. It involves abnormal production of hormone and also increased resistance of it. This results with increased level of glucose in the blood that may lead to kidney failure, nerve damage and some other serious complications in the body.
Health experts advise parents to maintain healthy weight among children by including in their diet more of fruits and vegetables and less of meat and processed food. Diabetes is strongly linked to obesity.
It is suggested if a child is believed to have diabetes or have a medical history of diabetes or risk factors like obesity, monitoring is important so that possible interventions could be implemented promptly.
To call for greater action towards growing tide of global diabetes epidemic, World Health Organization (WHO) observes November 14 is as the World Diabetes Day every year.