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Helping Your Children Avoid Diabetes

If you and/or others in your family have type 2 diabetes, you might be worried about your children being diagnosed.
An epidemic of obesity in children and teenagers has swept the country, and type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in people at younger ages. Many studies show a high level of impaired glucose tolerance and high fat levels in the blood of obese children.

Since impaired glucose tolerance is a condition that leads to type 2 diabetes, you should have your child tested if you're worried.

In the meantime, the best way to keep your child’s weight in a healthy range is to set an example of nutritious eating and exercise. Here are some ideas:

  • Swap out unhealthy meals and snacks for healthier versions – decrease the fat and sugars and increase the fruit and vegetables.

  • Plan active family adventures, such as riding bicycles, hiking, skating or swimming.

  • Set family goals, awarding non-food prizes (such as an outing at a favorite place or park) for accomplishing group goals.

  • Walk together wherever you can – to the park, practice, school, friends’ homes.

If you make these changes and your child still has trouble staying within a healthy weight range, the ADA recommends that you see a specialist for help.

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