Help Kids Avoid Type 2 Diabetes
The increasing rate of childhood obesity is leading to health problems in children that once only affected adults. The high number of inactive and obese children at risk for type 2 diabetes is a major concern.
Parents can do a lot to reduce their children’s risk for type 2 diabetes. First, ask your family doctor or child’s pediatrician to check your child’s body mass index (BMI), a reliable measure of body fat. If his or her BMI isn’t in the healthy range, help your child by using these tips from Shari Bass, M.D., a Botsford Hospital pediatrician:
Pregnancy and Diabetes
Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy. This form of diabetes can lead to high blood pressure or delivery complications. It also can lead to type 2 diabetes later on. Fortunately, a study in the journal Epidemiology shows getting regular exercise in the year before becoming pregnant or exercising during pregnancy may prevent it.