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Diabetes and Obesity in Children

There has been a new disease coined from the reflect of the increase in children obesity in the United States. Obesity is sweeping through children bringing on other serious diseases, like diabetes.

Pediatricians in the United States are examining this new epidemic closely. They compare the rise in Type 2 diabetes among overweight children to a tsunami, which started in the mid 1990's.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce insulin, which converts sugar and starches into energy or resists insulin, which then can damage the pancreas.

Type 1 diabetes is very often genetically determined, but the more common Type 2, where the cells do not convert insulin, can often be linked to behavior and lifestyle. Type 2 mainly used to appear in people over fifty. However, in the past decade, the disease has crept up increasingly in overweight children.

The mid nineties is the time when researchers and doctors started looking into the problem of obesity in children as well as in adults. Pretty soon, they discovered that there was a very short time before complications became apparent in adults as well as in children. Far more children had high blood pressure and far more children were showing abnormal blood cholesterol. For the first time children had Type 2 diabetes which was not observed before.

Children are suffering from Type 2 diabetes at ten times the normal rate. The high number is directly related to the level of obesity in the country according to experts, with thirty percent of adults considered overweight. This problem is linked to the popularity of fast food and sweet drinks and the lack of consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Diabetes in children is on the rise not only in the United States. The number of cases has exploded in China, India, and Latin America.

The main key in keeping our children safe from this disease is to get them active and eating the right foods. Make them good and healthy lunches and dinners. Try to limit the amount of junk that they consume between meals and when they are away from home. Get them to exercise or at least in an activity that keeps them moving. It is not recommended that you allow children to take any diet medications or drinks. It is not healthy for any child under the age of 18.


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