Home > Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Children
Starting at age 10 or at the beginning of puberty, a child who has a
body mass index (BMI) in the 85th percentile or higher
for his or her age-or whose weight is more than 120% of ideal-and who has two
of the following risk factors needs to be tested for
type 2 diabetes every 3 years:footnote 1
If the results of a blood glucose test mean that your
child's blood sugar is higher than normal but not yet at the level of diabetes, he or she has
prediabetes. If your child eats a balanced diet and gets regular exercise,
he or she may not develop diabetes.
For more information, see the
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's BMI? and the topic Type 2 Diabetes in
American Diabetes Association (2017). Standards of medical care in diabetes-2017. Diabetes Care, 40(Suppl 1): S1-S135. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/40/Supplement_1. Accessed December 15, 2016.
Other Works Consulted
American Diabetes Association (2000). Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. Diabetes Care, 23(3): 381-389.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMatthew I. Kim, MD - EndocrinologyDavid C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as ofMarch 13, 2017
Current as of:
March 13, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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