Insulin is a hormone that takes sugar (called glucose) from your bloodstream and delivers it into your body’s cells to be used for energy. In Type 2 diabetes, your child’s body creates insulin but either doesn’t produce enough or doesn’t use it well. This causes your child to have high blood sugar levels, which can lead to serious health complications over time.
To manage your child’s type 2 diabetes, our diabetes team will provide guidance about eating, drinking, and exercise habits. Some children with type 2 diabetes also benefit from medicines or insulin injections to help manage their blood sugars. The Duke Children’s diabetes care team is experienced in working with children of all ages and their families. We’ll ensure your child gets the best-quality medical care and has the understanding and support they need to control their blood sugar and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to help manage their diabetes.