I began my career as a dietitian and diabetes educator working with children with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I have not worked with this population for about two years, but recently I ran into one of my old colleagues and we started chatting about the pediatric world. She told me that although the obesity epidemic has appeared to level off, the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in children is increasing. And the children appear to be heavier at younger ages.
I left the conversation feeling a bit sad - how could this be? As an educator for adults with Type 2 diabetes, I now know how hard it is for adults to manage their diabetes - to put that stress on a child is just too much. I decided that it would be valuable to get some more information and share it with all of you. It's so very important to know if your child is at risk for Type 2 diabetes because the ultimate treatment is prevention.