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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can diabetes affect children?

    Is it only older adults who are overweight that are susceptible to diabetes or can young children be diabetic?
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  • Claire Kerslake

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    Claire Kerslake is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Health Coach based in Deniliquin in country New South Wales.  Claire is the founder of … View Profile

    Unfortunately due to the rising obesity levels, type 2 diabetes is now being found in children.  This obviously has serious repercussions for their health.

    The good news is that the diet and exercise habits of the parents have a huge impact on the health habits of the children.  

    The most common form of diabetes in children, owever is type 1 diabetes which is an auto-immune disease that attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.  These children will need insulin for life.  It is not caused by being overweight.

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