Type 2 diabetes is largely seen to be an adult disease – one related to lifestyle and habits – however now there are increasing instances of this seen to occur in children as well. Type 2 diabetes, seen to be increasing among children, is a chronic condition that impacts the way that the body metabolizes glucose or sugar.
This is thought to be fuelled largely by the obesity epidemic and parents can watch out for the following symptoms of type 2 diabetes:
- More sugar in the blood stream causes increased thirst and going to the bathroom more often.
- The organs of the body are depleted of energy, increasing hunger and appetite.
- Muscles and fat stores shrink so that a child may lose weight even though he or she is eating more than usual.
- Tiredness or irritability can result from lowering of sugar levels in the cells.
- High blood sugar levels can mean that fluid is drawn away from the lenses of the eyes – resulting in blurry vision.
- Lowered immunity and resistance to infection as well as poor healing.
- Insulin resistance in the body could cause acanthosis nigricans, which results in patches of dark velvety skin in the crease or the folds of the body.