When you hear the term "type 2 diabetic" what type of person comes to mind? Probably an adult in their 50s or older who is overweight or obese, that doesn’t exercise, overeats and may have a family history of diabetes. The picture of diabetes no longer looks like that. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) the incidence of childhood type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased in the last thirty years.
According to the Mayo Clinic type 2 diabetes, also called non-insulin dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose), your body's main source of fuel.
The Mayo Clinic said that type 2 diabetes can be managed by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
Type 2 diabetes has become a large enough problem that for the first time in its history the AAP has released guidelines for treating children between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age.