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Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes In Children: It Can Be Prevented

on May 3, 2012

Over the weekend, New York Times published an article on the impact Type 2 has on children.  Not only is it slowly becoming an increased epidemic, but since this is such a new condition for children and teens to have, there is still not a lot of research completed which leaves most doctors lost as to what to do.  Many of the medications developed are for adults which prove to be too harsh for children to take.  Children are at an increased risk for kidney failure, eye problems, heart disease, nerve damage and amputations as a result of having Type 2 Diabetes.  The good thing is that we can help our children from developing Type 2 Diabetes since most cases are caused by obesity and inactivity unlike Type 1 which is linked directly to the immune system.

Easy Ways To Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes In Your Children

– Make sure they are getting at least 30-60 minutes of exercise each day.  Teens require more physical activity so they should aim to get at least 90 minutes daily.

– Make exercise fun for the entire family with things such as family bike rides, walks through the park, or a game of tag.

– Promote healthy eating habits early on so that they view things such as baby carrots and apples as good snacks.

– Make sure you are setting positive examples for your children through your own healthy eating and fitness habits since studies show that most Type 2 Diabetes in children come from a direct result of general family lifestyles.

-Since the weather is warm, why not plant a family garden?  Studies show that gardening not only helps to reduce stress but is a great way to promote general health and fitness.

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/health/research/obesity-and-type-2-diabetes-cases-take-toll-on-children.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

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