Type 2 diabetes in children is a chronic disease that affects the way the child’s body processes sugar (glucose). Without treatment, this health disorder can cause sugar to build up in the blood which can have serious long-term consequences for the child. As is known, type 2 diabetes is now becoming more common in children. This condition is driven by the obesity epidemic. Also read: 10 Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes in Children that Need to be Cautious Knowing the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children as early as possible is expected to help them to be able to control the disease and avoid dangerous complications.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are not always easy to spot. In most cases, the disease develops gradually, making symptoms difficult to detect.
Many people don’t even have any symptoms even though they already have type 2 diabetes. In other cases, children may not show it. The following are some conditions that can be suspected as symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children: 1. Excessive fatigue
According to Health Line, if your child seems very tired or sleepy, changes in blood sugar levels can affect their energy levels.
- Frequent urination Excessive sugar levels in the bloodstream can cause excess sugar to enter the urine, which is followed by water. This may cause your child to frequently run to the bathroom to urinate. 3. Excessive thirst Children who have excessive thirst may have high blood sugar levels.
Excess sugar that builds up in your child’s bloodstream can draw fluid from the tissues. As a result, your child may feel thirsty, then drink and urinate more than usual.
- Increased hunger Children with diabetes do not have enough insulin to provide fuel for their body’s cells.
Food is the next best source of energy, so children may feel hungry more often. This condition is known as polyphagia or hyperphagia. 5. Wound healing is slow Wounds or infections that are resistant to healing or slow to heal may be a sign or symptom of type 2 diabetes. 6. Darkening of the skin Insulin resistance can cause darkening of the skin, most often in the armpits and neck. If your child has type 2 diabetes, you may notice areas of darkened skin. This condition is called acanthosis nigricans.
- Blurred vision Launching the Mayo Clinic, if your child’s blood sugar level is too high, fluid can be drawn from the lens of your child’s eye. This condition can make your child unable to see clearly.
- Weight loss Without energy supplied by sugar, muscle tissue and fat stores will shrink. However, weight loss is less common in children with type 2 diabetes than in children with type 1 diabetes.