Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a chronic disease characterised by hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and relative lack of insulin, which was once a condition only diagnosed in adults after the age of 40. However, prevalence showed that increasing numbers of teenagers and children are developing T2D. If it is not diagnosed earlier or is not treated well can lead to serious complications like heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. Nevertheless, by making healthy food choices and have adequate exercises, T2D can be prevented. Childhood is the best time to pick up good habits that last for life.
Sugar Spikes is a card game designed to target families with children age from 7 to 10 as health communication. The concept of the game is to introduce the term Glycemic Load (GL) that calculates how fast carbohydrate is being digested and released as glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream in a serving, to bring up the issue of how easily can carbohydrates spikes our blood glucose even without us realising. In all, this FYP project aims to raise awareness and encourage health interventions as a prevention of T2D through the mode of gameplay.