Is Your Child at Risk of Diabetes?
What is the main risk factor for type 2 diabetes?
Hi I'm Dr. Roy Benaroch of Pediatric Physicians PC and we're here at About.com to talk about how to know if a child is at risk for diabetes. There are two kinds of diabetes, and the risk factors for them are different. Type 1 diabetes is what used to be called "Juvenile Diabetes" or "Insulin-Dependent Diabetes." This is an autoimmune disorder, caused by one's own immune system attacking and killing the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes sometimes runs in families, so if you or your partner have type 1 diabetes, your children are at risk. Type two diabetes is also sometimes called "Adult Diabetes." It occurs when tissues in the body become resistant to insulin. Though it can run in families, the main risk factor for type 2 diabetes is being overweight, especially in those with sedentary lifestyles. Though not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight, most are. Losing weight, improving the diet, and increasing exercise can all help control or even cure type 2 diabetes when it occurs in children.For more information, visit About.com. Thanks for watching.