To help recognize National Diabetes Month, Maureen Dever, MSN, CRNP, CDE, PPCNP-BC, nurse practitioner in the Diabetes Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is here to talk about the growing issue of type 2 diabetes in children and teens.
Type 2 diabetes is occurring more often in children and teens.
Here are some facts about this disease.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease, which affects the way the body processes blood sugar. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1, which is an autoimmune disease (the immune system attacks the beta cells of the pancreas) and type 2, which does not have an autoimmune component.