PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent type 2 diabetes in children and its complications. And, if your child already has type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes can reduce the need for medications. Encourage your child to:
- Eat healthy foods. Offer your child foods low in fat and calories. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Strive for variety to prevent boredom.
- Get more physical activity. Encourage your child to get active. Sign up for a sports team or dance lessons, or look for active things to do together.
- Lose excess pounds. Help your child make permanent changes in his or her eating and exercise habits.
Better yet, make it a family affair. The same lifestyle choices that can help prevent type 2 diabetes in children can do the same for adults. The best diet for a child with diabetes is also the best diet for the whole family.
Keeping your child's eyes healthy
If your child already has type 2 diabetes, be sure to schedule an annual eye exam to look for early signs of eye disease.
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