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By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-14 18:45:28 -0600
Started 2009-02-13 21:28:45 -0600

I'm trying to find books for children about Type 2 diabetes, I can find many on Type 1 but can't seem to find any for Type 2, if you have some, or know where I can get some please let me know.

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rbergman 2009-02-14 09:10:58 -0600 Report

I realize Type 2 in children is rare but every warning I read says due to obesity in children Type 2 is becoming more and more common, now, yes, my daughter is overweight for her age and yes, she has Type 2, but it was not the weight that was the cause, I wonder if sometimes its just easier to label it as a weight issue then to really find out what caused it, had her Thyroid not gone out first would the auto-immune tests been ran on her if she was just overweight and diabetic? Sadly I almost feel lucky that the Thyroid was the first to go just because I'm not so sure we'd have been taken seriously when voicing concerns about diabetes, especially when she had 2 possible strikes against her, genetics and ethnicity.
Regardless, someone needs to write books that not only adults can understand but also the Type 2 children. We have a few books with general information but they all lead into children with Type 1, please don't think I'm saying that's not important, it is and I'm glad there are a variety of resources for Type 1 children, I just hope there are hot off the presses books for Type 2 coming soon. I also hope they cover all aspects of why children get Type 2 NOT just because of the fact they are overweight children.

GabbyPA 2009-02-14 18:31:58 -0600 Report

There are some studies that are linking the perdisposition to diabetes to causing obesity. It is the reverse of the way "ignornat" people think of it. I had to get over thinking that my diabetes was a fat persons' disease.

rbergman 2009-02-14 18:38:09 -0600 Report

True most people hear you have diabetes and the first thing they seem to do is give you a "once over" looking up and down your body like they are thinking…"if you weren't overweight you probably wouldn't have it". Neither my grandmother or my father were overweight, grandma was 110lbs, my father was about 210 but he was over 6ft so not considered overweight either, I on the other hand am overweight.

GabbyPA 2009-02-14 18:45:28 -0600 Report

Yeah it is a stigma we all have to deal with. My mom and I are overweight, my dad was not. My brother was, but he lost a lot of weight. I am loosing weight and it doesn't seem to make much difference at this point...oh well. It is just trying to educate people. I didn't understand it nearly as well when my family had it as I do now.
It is like when people tell me a place is handicap accessable...I have to ask specific questions because since they don't live in a wheelchair like my husband, and it is amazing how UNaccessable place are that think they are. It all boils down to first hand experience and education.

GabbyPA 2009-02-14 08:00:33 -0600 Report

Amazon.com is my go to place. I found one that though it is for type 1 you might like to get, it is "Taking Diabetes to School" http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Diabetes-School-Special-Schools/dp/1891383000/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_i

Another is "487 Really Cool Tips for Kids with Diabetes" This is more for you to read first. Apparantly there are some real life, but not so good tips for dealing with parties and such...but you might want to check it out. http://www.amazon.com/Really-Cool-Tips-Kids-Diabetes/dp/1580401910/ref=sr_1_38?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234619675&sr=1-38#

But you know, I couldn't find anything that deals with Type 2 the way they do for Type 1's. So I guess I found my new mission...I love to write, I love kids, and I have type 2. Perhaps this is the niche I need to fill?