Diabetes Doesn't Only Effect the Body

Most of the time when people think about diabetes management, they're talking about biology. Unfortunately, not enough people give a thought to the social and psychological impact of diabetes.

Growing Up Diabetic

According to endocrinologist Dr. Sushma Reddy, Mercy Physician Partner with Mercy Endocrinology, diabetes makes growing up difficult. "It's very disruptive to this child's life. Many of these kids are overweight. They're teased. They're bullied. There are many things they can't eat. There are many things they can't do," said Reddy.

It's hard enough growing up at all-- imagine all the added pressure of a serious disease.

Prevention and Management are Key

"It's a lifestyle problem. That's really the crux of it," said Dr. Scott Hawley of Children's Health Care. "The way the kids are brought up and a lot of the time the way the parents were brought up. To change that lifestyle is a very daunting task."

Healthy living and being more active are crucial in both prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes, but a lot of kids and parents feel at a loss. It can be overwhelming.

Hawley and Reddy are both on diabetes advisory boards that look for programs that will help motivate kids and their parents to get -- and stay -- healthy. If more such programs are implemented across the nation, perhaps we can slow down this epidemic.

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