In recent years, childhood cases of type 2 diabetes have been on the rise due to ever-increasing rates of obesity. However, a three-year-old girl who had type 2 diabetes may have broken the record for the youngest person ever to be diagnosed. It’s difficult to say because there is no global register. Whatever the case, it’s certainly a shocking situation.
At the time of diagnosis, the toddler weighed 77 pounds (35 kilograms) and had a BMI that was in the top 5th percent for her age group. Doctors determined that she definitely didn’t have type 1 because she didn’t exhibit the antibodies that type 1 diabetics do. But she had high blood sugar, was always thirsty, and always needed to use the bathroom. So she was diagnosed with type 2.
Luckily, the little girl’s story has a happy ending. Her family changed her diet, gave her more exercise, and treated her with a liquid form of metformin, as she couldn’t swallow pills. After six months of this intervention, she lost a quarter of her body weight, stopped exhibiting symptoms, and no longer needed treatment.
You, too can help other children like this little girl by encouraging the Secretary of Agriculture to provide children with healthier school lunches.Whizzco