Type 2 Diabetes: Your Child's Risk
Type 2 diabetes runs in families. In part, this tendency is due to children learning bad habits eating a poor diet, not exercising--from their parents. But there is also a genetic basis.
In general, if you have type 2 diabetes, the risk of your child getting diabetes is 1 in 7 if you were diagnosed before age 50 and 1 in 13 if you were diagnosed after age 50.
Some scientists believe that a child's risk is greater when the parent with type 2 diabetes is the mother. If both you and your partner have type 2 diabetes, your child's risk is about 1 in 2.
People with certain rare types of type 2 diabetes have different risks. If you have the rare form called maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), your child has almost a 1-in-2 chance of getting it, too.
I searched high and low for good educational media, ie: videos, animation, cartoons that are well designed, get the information across and aren't BORING...but here's the best I could come up with.
An endocrinologist at Children's Hospital gives a straight forward informational talk about:
1. What Type 2 diabetes is?
2. How do kids get it? What are the signs?
3. How to prevent it.
If you have 4 minutes, you should def watch it.
So, this my friends is the best I could come up with and I'm sharing it with you. I hope to create some better media that is well designed and would appeal to a wider audience of people with shorter attention spans. I know, sad but true. Think Handy Manny meets Sesame Street meets this guy.
An easy yet loaded solution: Better Diet and Exercise starting at Birth.
A straight-forward but loaded cause: Children inherit diabetes from parents.