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Managing Childhood Diabetes

January 7, 2013

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It’s not just the kids’ diabetes, it’s our diabetes.

Larry Deeb

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Childhood diabetes is on the rise—and support from parents is key to helping children handle this disease.

“It’s important for families to be a committed and caring team” when coping with children’s diabetes, says Pediatric Endocrinologist Larry Deeb. “Parents should talk to their children about how they are going to be healthy.

The first question a parent should ask is if their child is overweight, Deeb says. Risk factors for type-2 diabetes include obesity and lack of exercise.

Because the body of a person with diabetes does not use insulin properly, sugar levels can build up in the blood. A diet low in carbohydrates (whole grains are best) and high in protein and vegetables can help keep blood sugar levels stable.

Deeb says lifestyle changes for children with type-2 diabetes are critical because children today don’t get enough exercise.

“It’s not just the kids’ diabetes, it’s our diabetes,” Deeb says.

Originally written by Angela Generoso.