Type 2 Diabetes in Children (cont.)
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When obesity is severe in older adolescents with type 2 diabetes, gastric bypass or other similar surgery may be considered as a last resort. For more information, see the topic Obesity.
Children who have type 2 diabetes should not try to lose weight by following a fad diet or by enrolling in a quick-fix weight loss program. Most doctors recommend that overweight children eat a healthy diet that provides appropriate calories to prevent further weight gain.
Weight loss is appropriate if your child is overweight and he or she has reached adult height. In some severe cases, weight loss before your child reaches his or her full adult height may be needed.
Other types of treatment for diabetes are provided by therapists or others who do not operate within mainstream medical practice. None of these complementary therapies have been proved to be effective in treating diabetes. But your child may benefit from safe, nontraditional therapies that complement conventional medical treatment for the disease. Talk with your doctor before seeking any complementary therapies for your child.
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