Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent among children and young adults. This increase has been connected to rising levels of obesity. There are two types of diabetes. While type 1 diabetes is still more common among children nationwide, type 2 diabetes is occurring more frequently in children because of poor diet and less physical activity.
Over time, high blood glucose damages nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, the risk of getting cancer and lower limb amputations. The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be controlled and better yet prevented. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. When people who live with type 2 diabetes control their lifestyle habits and maintain good glucose control, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, they can get their lives back on track.
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Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes:
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