Can Children Get Diabetes?

Children have a penchant for anything sweet. Excessive consumption of sweets can develop diabetes, even in children. 

The occurrence of type 2 diabetes can be common among overweight children. Their likelihood of developing diabetes increases if: 

  • Diabetes is prevalent among other family members 
  • They have symptoms of insulin resistance such as dark patches of skin, usually found in the armpit and neck 
  • They are overweight or obese 


Early warning signs of pediatric diabetes include frequent urination, often thirsty, excessive hunger, weight loss, and fatigue. 

Early teens are the common age bracket that children get diagnosed for type 2 diabetes. However, it can occur at any age. Girls have a higher likelihood of getting the condition as compared to boys. 


Prevent Diabetes in Children 

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in children. Healthy lifestyle choices can help.  

  • Have a balanced diet: more whole grains, less refined sugar in foods. It will help that the whole family adopts the same diet to show support. 
  • Get moving: set a time for the whole family to do activities that are enjoyable and will encourage exercise. It will also limit screentime for children. 
  • Aim for a healthy weight: if your child is overweight, make it a goal to achieve a healthier weight to decrease chances of developing diabetes. 


Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to predict in children. Your doctor might offer new insights into the condition.  

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