Type 2 diabetes in children happens when the body doesn’t use the hormone insulin the right way. That prevents glucose (sugar used for energy) from going into the body like it should. Instead, glucose goes into the blood, which leads to high blood sugar and other health problems.
Type 2 diabetes is different than type 1. Specialists at our Diabetes Centers of Excellence see a lot of children with diabetes. We’re involved in research to improve testing and treatment for type 2 diabetes in kids. We work as a team to help children gain lifelong health and wellness.
Learn more about Type 2 Diabetes at the Nemours KidsHealth Library
Kids can have type 2 diabetes for a while and not know it. Children may be overweight and have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, polycystic ovary syndrome or other conditions. Kids with insulin resistance, or reduced insulin sensitivity, are at a higher risk for developing it.
Some children with type 2 diabetes may need insulin to keep their bodies working right. Others can manage the condition with healthy lifestyle choices, like eating well and increasing physical activity. Our diabetes team offers the latest tools and support for kids and families. We help them feel better and enjoy being a kid.
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