Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when cells in a child’s body become resistant to insulin, causing glucose to build up in the bloodstream. Over years, this build-up can reach dangerous levels and lead to complications such as heart disease, blindness and kidney failure.
Type 2 diabetes is almost always preventable. The single greatest risk factor is excess weight, although family history can play a role. Your child’s primary care physician can help you understand your child’s risk factors and work to reduce them through diet and exercise. Once a child has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a healthy diet, exercise, insulin and in some cases, oral medication, can help them manage it.
Diagnosing Type 2 Diabetes
The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes in children develop slowly. They include unexplained weight loss, increased hunger or thirst, frequent urination and fatigue, among others. If you notice these symptoms in your child, take him or her to the doctor as soon as possible. A urine and/or blood test can help determine if your child has a form of diabetes. If your child is overweight, the doctor may need time to determine whether the cause is Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes Care
A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling.
Our endocrinology nurses work with families to address many concerns and can be reached during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm. After hours, you can dial 937-641-3000 and ask that the endocrinologist on call be paged.
My Kids Chart
MyKidsChart makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your child’s care team, view your child’s medication information and receive important health reminders by email.
Make a referral
Fax referral forms: 937-641-4500, 24 hours
Toll-free fax: 1-866-891-6941
Hours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday