Toddlers with Type 2 diabetes?

Family Health

By pH health care professionals

Did you know that even 3-year-olds can get Type 2 diabetes?

Chronic diseases aren’t just for adults anymore. For many reasons, pediatricians are now having to handle Type 2 diabetes, a condition that most doctors considered to be an “after-40” type of disease.

What’s contributing to the surge in diabetes in children?

Experts cite the following factors:

  • Poor quality diet high in sugars (soda, juice, crackers, chips, cookies)
  • Lack of exercise (video games, longer school days, TV, no gym class)

Additionally, there are other potential reasons that are gaining interest in the scientific community, such as:

  • Low-fiber diets leading to poor gut bacteria
  • Increased stress and decreased sleep, leading to higher insulin resistance and higher glucose levels in the blood
  • Pesticide exposure

Can Type 2 diabetes in children be cured?

According to a research report, doctors were able to cure a toddler of diabetes by educating the family on diet and nutrition. She had to take pills initially, but soon went off the medication and got to enjoy life as a typical child — simply because her family started eating in a healthy way.

Be proactive in preventing childhood diabetes

It’s important to eliminate Type 2 diabetes in children. Otherwise, they will have to live a life of finger sticks, sugar substitutes, deteriorating eye health, and risk for kidney failure.

Encourage children to eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. Get the sodas and juice out of the house. Supplement their diets with kid-friendly probiotics. Test your child for diabetes at age 10 if there is a parent or relative who has diabetes, or if your child is a high-risk race (African-American, Native American or Hispanic). Encourage sleep and exercise, and minimize unnecessary stress.

Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

 The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. This team also includes the members of the pH Medical Advisory Board, which constantly monitors all pH programs, products and services. To learn more about the pH Medical Advisory Board, click here.


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