A to Z: Diabetes, Type 2enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgDiabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose. In type 2 diabetes, the body can't respond normally to insulin, a hormone that helps glucose enter the cells.diabetes, diabetes mellitus, type 1 diabetes in children, type 2 diabetes in children, diabetes in preschoolers, diabetes in gradeschoolers, diabetes in teens, diabetes in toddlers, diabetes in kids, diabetes in kids, type 1, type 2, dyabetes, diabetic, diabetics, glucose, blood sugar, insulin, pancreas, hormones, chronic11/13/201303/29/201909/02/2019a25f260f-85cb-470b-81ad-4b052caacf5bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-diabetes-type-2.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/diabetes-center.html/">Diabetes</a> is a disease that affects how the body uses <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-glucose.html/">glucose</a>, the main source of energy&nbsp;for the body's cells. In <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/type2.html/">type 2 diabetes</a>, the body can't respond normally to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/insulin.html/">insulin</a>, a hormone that helps glucose&nbsp;enter the cells.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/type1.html/">type 1 diabetes</a>, the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body can't respond normally to the insulin that is made.</p> <p>Both types cause glucose levels in the blood to rise, leading to symptoms like increased urination (peeing), extreme thirst, and unexplained weight loss.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Diabetes is a chronic condition, which means it is long-lasting. But the good news is that the right treatment and care can keep diabetes <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diabetes-control.html/">under control</a> and help prevent any long-term effects.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Can Diabetes Be Prevented?The things you do now could help prevent diabetes later, depending on the type of diabetes. Here's the scoop on diabetes prevention.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/prevention.html/d48620b8-00b0-40c2-8a36-9fedcc901b68
Diabetes CenterDiabetes means a problem with insulin, an important hormone in the body. Find out how children with diabetes can stay healthy and do the normal stuff kids like to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/diabetes-center.html/0767277a-98f9-4541-b2f6-f3c68f43a94c
Keeping Track of Your Blood SugarChecking your blood sugar levels is a really important part of managing diabetes. Knowing those levels will help you keep your blood sugar under control - and that helps you feel good and keeps you healthy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/track-blood-sugar.html/916cc0c6-db09-4e05-a43f-46ab8e0d9f25
Monitoring Blood SugarTo keep blood sugar levels under control, you have to check them regularly. Learn about checking and recording your child's blood sugar levels.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/track-blood-sugar.html/3fe33959-0544-4019-97bd-85605bd27355
Treating Type 2 DiabetesKids who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will need a diabetes management plan to help them manage the condition and stay healthy and active.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/treating-type2.html/ab6e8644-fed9-4b2a-8fe6-18393da696cb
Type 2 Diabetes: How Is It Treated?People with type 2 diabetes need to follow a plan to manage their diabetes and stay healthy and active.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/treating-type2.html/b6458cdd-5ad3-4b39-80ba-79625d8b958c
Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It?Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the body's main source of fuel. Find out more about a kind of diabetes called type 2 diabetes in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/type2.html/2133f492-3435-442e-9b0b-e12beab5aaea
Weight and DiabetesWeight can influence diabetes, and diabetes can influence weight. Managing weight can really make a difference in a person's diabetes management plan.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/weight-diabetes.html/31352c12-f673-471d-b12b-0e81048d7617
What Problems Can Diabetes Cause?Thinking about your diabetes a little bit now — and taking some steps to prevent problems — can make things easier down the road.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/complications.html/a156cd10-f4e7-4416-94c5-0182fc4e0ae5