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Does type 2 diabetes affect children differently than adults?

Both children and adults experience similar signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes. These include excessive thirst, more frequent urination, increased hunger, weight loss, tiredness, moodiness, and a decreased ability to fight off infection. Type 2 diabetes occurs much more frequently in adults than children. However, the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children and young adults is rising rapidly, mostly likely due to the extremely high obesity rates in children.

Children and teens may have a harder time than adults accepting diabetes emotionally. Teens may forgo their treatment in the interest of fitting in with their peers. They may turn to alcohol and substance abuse, which makes it all the more difficult to manage their blood sugar levels. Children and adolescents can benefit from support groups and counselors so that they feel less isolated.

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