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Childhood Obesity Epidemic Has Led To Increase In Diabetes

06/14/12

  12:01:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Has Led To Increase In Diabetes

Among the many disturbing aspects of the rising obesity crisis in this country is that more children suffer from weight issues, and the health problems that result from them. Now, researchers say that the number of kids with diabetes has jumped over 20% for both type 1 and type 2 diseases.

According to HealthDay News, the more common type 2 diabetes is linked to excessive weight and sedentary lifestyles – so it’s not surprising that with 17% of U.S. children and teens obese, disease numbers have spiked 21%. But the reasons for the 23% growth of type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease not linked to lifestyle factors, are less clear.

“For type 2, we have some clues as to why it’s increasing, but for type 1, we still need to better understand the triggers of this disease,” said study co-author Dr. Dana Dabelea, associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora.

To reduce the risk of developing diabetes and other chronic conditions, Dabelea recommended a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, and an active lifestyle, not just for the children, but for the whole family.

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