Type 2 Diabetes in Children: Preventing the Pre-diabetic Child from Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Prevention: Exercise, Smart Meal Choices, and No Sugary Drinks

How do you impress on your patients and their parents the importance of type 2 diabetes prevention?  If you have a patient who is considered pre-diabetic, what steps do you suggest they take in order to stave off the development of type 2?

This video roundtable (part of the Endocrinology Highlights series) has experts discussing just those questions.

Thomas DeStefani, MD, a pediatrician, offers his real-world experience with practical, easy-to-implement suggestions he offers to his patients and their parents.  He suggests, for example:

  • eliminate all sugary drinks
  • make sure you eat breakfast
  • keep a food diary

Dr. DeStefani is jointed by W. Patrick Zeller, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist, and Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE, a Certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Together, they discuss fasting blood glucose and A1c numbers that indicate pre-diabetes, and they stress the importance of bringing the family in to help them understand that diabetes prevention is a family affair.  As the whole family takes steps towards a healthier life, it may be possible to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The expert panel is moderated by Steven M. Armbrust, MD, a family practice physician.

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