Type 2 diabetes used to be considered a disease of our grandparents, but now more and more children are getting the disease, some of them as young as four. Many doctors, who were taught in their training that children don’t get the disease, often misdiagnose their condition as Type 1 diabetes, according to an article on msnbc.com.
Previously Type 2 diabetes usually affected only older, overweight adults, who were told by their doctors to lose weight, watch their diets to control high blood sugar or glucose level and take oral medication if necessary.
Previously Type 1 diabetes struck during childhood and was called “child-onset” diabetes. Type 1 diabetics have to take insulin daily because their bodies don’t produce enough of the hormone. They also need to exercise and control their diet.