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Associated Health Problems

There are a number of other health problems associated with type 2 diabetes in children. For example, girls with this condition sometimes also have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS is a hormone problem that may cause irregular periods, excess facial and body hair growth, and fertility problems once girls reach adulthood.

Type 2 diabetes also increases a person’s risk for developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These can lead to other health problems as children become adults, such as heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. Other long-term complications of diabetes can include vision impairment, kidney damage, and problems in the blood vessels, nerves, and gums.

Do keep in mind that it’s possible for kids with type 2 diabetes to live relatively normal lives. With diet, exercise, and medication, kids and teens with type 2 diabetes can improve their body’s response to insulin to control their blood sugar levels. Some kids and teens may need to take insulin shots or use an insulin pump as well.