Type 2 Diabetes in Youth

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Type 2 Diabetes in children and adolescents is an emerging epidemic within the last 20 years. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents; about
151,000 people below the age of 20 years have diabetes (CDC, 2009). There has been an increase in the amount of younger people, including teenagers that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC website, type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, although still rare, is being diagnosed more frequently, particularly in American Indians, African
Americans, and Latino Americans. Type 2 diabetes is rising in American kids, especially African
Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Children are at risk if they are overweight or
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*Amber- this sentence is TOO long. Take some of the things you listed out. If they are very important to your paper... Just make another sentence. These camps are only for children and adolescents that already have a diagnosis of diabetes type 1 or 2. The diabetes camps also give the children a feeling that they are not alone in this disease. The camps show them that there are many other children dealing with the same issues they are. Also, there is a website for children with diabetes which is filled with research, resources, facts and FAQ’s. There is an online community for children and their families who are dealing with diabetes. (http:// www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/). The American Diabetes Association is an organization that advocates for children with diabetes, some of the issues they are currently involved in on the federal level is the FIT Kids Act which is the fight against childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by encouraging public schools to offer enough high-quality physical education . The Eliminating
Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Access and Care Act will enhance public education and support culturally appropriate health promotion and prevention programs, continue research into the causes of these disparities and improve treatment of diabetes in affected populations (ADA,
2004). *Amber- I have no idea what this sentence is saying... try and break it up into two sentences. We as nurses need to educate children


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