Children and Type 2 Diabetes

The number of teens living with type 2 diabetes has increased in recent years.

Managing diabetes as a teen or adolescent can come with different challenges than an adult may face.

The materials below were developed specifically for teens with diabetes.

Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy For Life

Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy For Life

Information for Youth and Their Families Living With Type 2 Diabetes

You can read, download or print the entire PDF document (32 pages) or access it by section:

Entire 32-page booklet (900 KB PDF)

By Section

  1. Table of Contents

  2. What Is Diabetes?

  3. Manage Your Diabetes with STAR

  4. Checking Blood Sugar

  5. Staying Healthy

  6. Taking Care of Diabetes with Medicines

  7. Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) and High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)

  8. Healthy Food Choices

  9. Choosing Lower-Fat Foods

  10. How to Read Food Labels

  11. Physical Activity

  12. Setting Goals, Problem Solving, and Managing Stress

  13. Being a Teen with Diabetes

  14. Glossary

The Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy For Life materials were adapted from the TODAY (Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) Study. This study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease of the National Institutes of Health.

See also: Preventing Type 2 in Children

  • Last Reviewed: July 8, 2013
  • Last Edited: November 21, 2016

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