Increasing number of children have type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes shows a spoon of sugar and a syringeUpdate: In 2019, 1/11 people are diabetic worldwide because type 2 diabetes is increasing.

What is type 2 diabetes?

In the past, type 2 diabetes was a condition that adults got. A problem that developed with age; a problem often associated with weight gain and even called “adult-onset diabetes”. But times are changing.

Type 2 Diabetes:

Early symptoms may include:

Later symptoms may include:

The age for developing type 2 diabetes is getting lower.

As recreation and eating habits have changed over the last fifty years, so has the condition of our bodies. As levels of obesity in children rise, so does their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Current news highlights the problem. In just three years the RCPCH reports a 41% rise in the number of people under 25 diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Protect children’s health.

Government action to cut sugar in products is in place. Chapter 2 of the plan targeting childhood obesity is in place too. However, the programme continues up until 2030. It’s important that parents and other child carers take action to help young people now. Simply increasing exercise and decreasing sugary, fatty foods makes a significant difference to overall health.

Although it can be difficult to make significant changes to lifestyle, it’s worth it in the long run.

If you are concerned about the weight of your child, help them become more active and health-conscious sooner rather than later. The effect of too much weight now can develop into a life-long problem. Healthy children become healthy adults!

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