Tuesday, May 22, 2012

THE DIABETES TSUNAMI

The scourge of diabetes has been a topic of many a post here on P&P.

Type 2 diabetes was once a disease that occurred primarily, if not exclusively, in adults. The development of type 2 diabetes is closely related to obesity; about 95 per cent of children with type 2 diabetes are overweight at diagnosis.

Some new research out of the United States is offering a wake-up call about the rates of  diabetes or prediabetes amongst teenagers.

The Washington Post reports that 23% of American teenagers have diabetes or prediabetes; 10 years ago, that number was 9%! The report authors suggest diabetes screenings for kids 10 and up who are

Given that the proportion of Canadian children who are overweight has tripled in the last 30 years, it is not surprising that incidence of type 2 diabetes among youth is rising in this country.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, studies in adults suggest that moderate weight loss and regular physical activity can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than 50 per cent.

They suggest switching from regular pop to sugar-free pop or water; switching  to lower-fat dairy products, such as 1% or skim milk; offer children healthy snack choices, such as fresh fruits and cut-up veggies; model healthy eating and activity habits for your children; leave the car at home; walk or bike whenever possible; and gradually reduce screen time and replace it with active play time. try a family walk after dinner

 More than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes. Only 10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. The onset of type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed, through increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss. Diabetes is a contributing factor in the deaths of approximately 41,500 Canadians each year.

By 2020, it’s estimated that diabetes will cost the Canadian healthcare system $16.9 billion a year



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