Diabetes in kids - FamilyEducation
Diabetes in kids
04/23/2007 at 12:18 PM

Diabetes runs in my family. I have it, and I'm really afraid my 8-yr old daughter will get it, too. I don't want my daughter to have to face this illness - especially when she's young. She is a little overweight. What can I do to keep her as healthy as possible without obsessing over her weight and making her feel bad about herself?

Hi april,


I would say the first thing you should do is talk to your daughter's doctor about what you should and shouldn't be worried about.


Then I would just make sure that you keep a check on the carbs and sugars.  The best way to control that is by not having a lot of that available and by being a good example yourself. 


I would never approach it from a weight point of view, always from a healthy choices point of view.  Another thing that really helps is exercise.  Is she involved in any sports, softball or soccer for example?  I would try to get her involved in some sports for her health and self-esteem.


Keep us posted.




Diabetes runs in my family as well. I have type 2 when I was about 22 yrs. old. I am 26 now and still struggle with losing weight. See if she is interested in any sports. Even in-line skating or just taking walks around the neighborhood will help. Do it with her though. Make a habit of doing it 2 times a week. Then add on more days later.


I think if you watch the starches will help. I would ask your doctor about what you could encourage her to eat so that she doesn't have to get diabetes. It runs in my family too. So far I don't have it, but I know my dad didn't get until he was in his 60's or 70's.