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A Growing Concern

The amount of children diagnosed with diabetes each year is a rapidly growing problem. Obesity and overweight significantly increases the risk factor of type 2 diabetes, which was once a disease most prevalent among adults. Now, due to poor diet and lack of exercise, children are exhibiting health issues generally associated with middle age. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in the last 2 decades, type 2 diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset Diabetes) has been reported among U.S. children and adolescents with increasing frequency.

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce insulin because of problems with the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that absorbs the glucose from food and turns it into energy. People who suffer from type 1 diabetes are required to make up for the lack of natural insulin by injecting it daily. There is no known way to prevent it, and many children are born with it.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body developing a resistance to insulin as a result of high blood sugar levels, also known as a condition called hyperglycemia. The overload of carbohydrates and sugar within the body produce too much blood sugar for the insulin to metabolize. Type 2 diabetes has been labeled a “lifestyle disease” because its main causes are driven from unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Diabetes Prevention

Type 2 diabetes can be cured, but only by turning poor lifestyle choices into smart ones. The best way to avoid the serious health risks of diabetes is to prevent them altogether. Educate yourself and your children, motivate them to make healthy decisions and to be passionate about staying active!

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