Parents are often worried about their children’s risk for type 2 diabetes, with good reason. Type 2 diabetes in youth represents the most rapidly growing form of diabetes in the US and other developed countries. parents who have type 2 diabetes themselves also might be concerned about their children developing the condition. There are many ways that families encourage healthy behaviors and stay active to reduce their risk of diabetes or health complications:
Choose places you normally go by car and walk.
Encourage your child to walk one stop further than their regular bus stop.
At the mall or grocery store, park far away from the front entrance and take the stairs instead of the escalator.
Figure out ways to “waste energy,” for example, when cleaning up, make two trips to your room instead of one or make multiple trips up the stairs.
Plate-to-hand options: Provide nutritious foods that are ready to go and don’t require any effort on the child’s part. For example, stock the fridge with fruit that’s washed, sliced, and ready to eat. Buy pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks.
Set healthy foods at eye-level in refrigerator.
Remove diet drinks and sodas from your home.
Important bottom line: You can still live a long, happy, healthy life with diabetes. If you take care of your diabetes, you can avoid complications. Do the best you can, stay physically fit and eat well.
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