Type 2 diabetes used to occur almost exclusively during adulthood, but
more and more children are being affected by this disease. The risk of
your child developing this serious condition can be greatly minimized
with some simple lifestyle changes. Talk to your child’s
pediatric specialist about reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, and try these strategies to
maintain your child’s good health.
Make Physical Activity Part of Every Day
Obesity is the biggest risk factor for
type 2 diabetes, so encourage your child to be active to maintain a healthy weight. Most
kids should get about 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Choosing
fun activities will help your child stay on track, so consider things
like dancing, skateboarding, swimming, and group sports. Taking a daily
walk as a family will help your child get exercise while also giving you
time together. If your child is new to exercise, check in with your pediatrics
practice before he or she begins any new activity.
Limit TV and Computer Time
The longer kids spend in front of TVs, computers, and other electronic
devices, the more likely they are to be overweight. Limit the amount of
time your child spends in front of electronics to a maximum of two hours
per day. Encourage your child to get outside and get active so he or she
doesn’t develop a sedentary lifestyle.
Be a Role Model
Your child will mirror your habits when it comes to eating and activity,
so show him or her the way by living a healthy lifestyle. Choose healthy
foods, limit snacking, and let your kids see you being active. In addition
to instilling good habits in your child and helping him or her avoid type
2 diabetes, you will also reduce your own risk of developing the disease.
At Palms West Hospital, our physicians provide care for patients of all
ages. From pediatrics to critical care and surgical services, we keep
our community healthy through all stages of life. Looking into a
children’s hospital in the Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, FL area? Call (561) 345-7009
to talk to one of our registered nurses about our pediatrics services.