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    Type 2 Diabetes In Children -- What Is It?
    Type 2 diabetes is extremely complex. There is an underlying genetic susceptibility that, when exposed to a variety of social, behavioral and environmental factors, unmasks diabetes. While this genetic background is important, the alarming increase in new cases of children with type 2 diabetes underscores the role of environmental factors. Maintaining blood sugars in the normal range requires a delicate balance between the amount of available insulin and is action at the cellular level. Experts do not agree as to whether diminished insulin secretion or insulin resistance is the primary problem in the population of adults with type 2 diabetes. From what has been observed in children the abnormality appears to be that of inappropriate insulin action progressing to later failure of the insulin-producing cells.

    Puberty has been identified as important in the development of type 2 diabetes in children. Changes in hormone levels during this period cause insulin resistance and decreased insulin action. Therefore it is quite understandable that type 2 diabetes in children most often occurs during mid-puberty although cases as young as 4 years of age have been reported.

    Obesity is another significant factor. It is well understood that obese children produce too much insulin so that when the need for more insulin arises, they are likely to be unable to produce enough more. In addition, the presence of too much fatty tissue (adipose cells) leads to insulin resistance.

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    Diabetes and it's progression

    Diabetes is a progressive disease. At first, Type 2s are insulin resistant. Losing weight, eating more balanced and exercise can help to halt the progression somewhat but overtime, a person may lack the insulin needed to keep glucose levels at bay.


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      Its an alarming epidemic emerged, and children as young as 8 years of age are now being diagnosed with the disease. This present pediatric nurse practitioners with the most recent information about type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, summarize current understanding about diagnosis, and outline treatment options.


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        Type 2 diabetes in children is a Constant condition that affects the way your child's body metabolizes sugar (glucose). Type 2 diabetes occur due to obesity epidemic. The main causes of type2 diabetes are Increase in sugar, excess weight . symptoms of type2 diabetes are Increased thirst and frequent urination, Increased hunger, Weight loss,Blurred vision,Areas of darkened skin.