Is Your Child At Risk? Obesity, Acanthosis nigricans, and Type 2 Diabetes
Causes of overweight children • Genetic factors • Lack of exercise • Unhealthy eating • Combination of the above
Is My Child Overweight? Child’s doctor • Weight • Height • Age • Growth Patterns
Linking overweight children to diabetes • Type 2 diabetes – your body may or may not produce insulin. • Insulin takes the glucosefrom the blood into the cells.
What happens when you have type 2 diabetes? Without enough insulin, your body can’t move glucose from the blood into the cells. This causes a traffic jam of sugar in the blood.
Too much sugar (glucose) in your blood can cause • Tiredness • Loss of eyesight • Kidney problems • Nerve problems
What puts someone at risk for diabetes? Being overweight Having a family member with diabetes Being a member of a minority group
Facts about diabetes • You don’t get diabetes because you have a ‘sweet tooth.’ • There is no such thing as a ‘touch of sugar’ or being ‘borderline diabetic.’
Do you or your child…? • Feel thirsty all the time? • Have to use the restroom often? • Lose weight without trying? • Have sores that take a long time to heal? • Have dry itchy skin? • Have less feeling or experience tingling in the feet? • Have blurry eyesight?
Acanthosis Nigricans Screening tool for high levels of insulin High levels of insulin are a risk factor for type 2 diabetes
Hints for a More Active & Healthy Lifestyle Eat Healthy! Be Active!
Thank You For Coming!Any Questions? Is Your Child At Risk? Obesity, Acanthosis nigricans, and Type 2 Diabetes written by Courtney J. Schoessow, MPH March 2003. Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating