Fact: There are Many Children With Diabetes

Children with DiabetesFact: There are Many Children With Diabetes


Every day, a lot of new cases of children with diabetes are reported. This is primarily due to  “lifestyle” factors. With fast food, sweets, chocolates, ice creams and pastries becoming part of their daily routine, it is a natural consequence for them to be at a high risk for diabetes, even at a young age.


According to Kids Health, diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Glucose, which comes from the foods we eat, is the major source of energy needed to fuel the body’s functions. To use glucose, the body needs the hormone insulin. But in people with diabetes, the body either can’t make insulin or the insulin doesn’t work in the body like it should.


The two major types of diabetes are:


  • Type 1 diabetes, in which the immune system attacks the pancreas and destroys the cells that make insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes, in which the pancreas can still make insulin, but the body doesn’t respond to it properly


Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented. Doctors can’t even tell who will get it and who won’t.


No one knows for sure what causes type 1 diabetes, but scientists think it has something to do with genes. But just getting the genes for diabetes isn’t usually enough. In most cases, a child has to be exposed to something else — like a virus — to get type 1 diabetes.


Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented. Excessive weight gain, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle are all factors that put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes.


Source: Kids Health


Now the biggest question that hounds parents is how can one prevent children from having diabetes at a young age? While Type 1 may not be prevented, there is still something that you can do in order to decrease the risk of your child from having Type 2 diabetes.


She Knows has provide some tips that would help prevent children from suffering from Type 2 diabetes. These include:


  • Prevention starts at home. Experts agree that diabetes prevention starts at home. “You can do everything about your child’s weight. You can control what your child eats,” says Doug Varrieur, author of the Fat to Skinny series of books. One key step? Parents need to explain to their kids the problem. “Educate the child so the child understands what is happening within [their] body,” says Varrieur … his advice? Break it into simple terms that they will understand, something that his books do. What else?


  • Get kids involved in choosing healthy foods. The first step in fighting off diabetes is taking preventative measures with eating, says registered dietitian Jennifer Haas of Nova Medical & Urgent Care Center, Inc. in Ashburn, VA. “It really comes down to what the parents are feeding them,” says Haas. “Simple sugars are really the culprit.” That includes things like soda, cookies, chips and processed baked goods.


  • Mirror the right behaviors. Do as I say, not as I do is a philosophy that simply doesn’t work — and it especially fails when it comes to eating and living habits. The whole family needs to be involved in healthy living – whether it’s for diabetes prevention or just being healthier. “It’s everything. It really is essential. If you make it about one of the kids … it’s already setting up the mindset that there is a right and a wrong rather than this moderation view,” says Haas. “It’s really important that everyone is on board.”


  • Exercise, exercise, exercise. How important is it really? Haas says that exercise is an essential part of diabetes prevent for kids and adults. “Exercise, especially after meals really helps in keeping blood sugar levels normal,” says Haas, who adds that exercise as a life habit is good to start early.


Source: She Knows


Parents should take note of the things that would help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes in children. Remember, the health of children is always in the hands of parents.

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