Diabetes on the Rise Among Teenagers AND Is Treatment Resistant


Nearly one in four American adolescents may be on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or could already be diabetic, representing a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence among children ages 12 to 19 since a decade ago, when it was estimated that fewer than one in 10 were at risk for or had diabetes, according to a new study.

This worsening of the problem is worrying in light of recently published findings that the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat, experts said.

The study, published online on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, analyzes data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which has a nationally representative sample. While it confirmed that teenage obesity and overweight rates had leveled off in recent years and that teenage rates of high blood pressure and high cholesterol had not changed greatly, it found that the percentage of teenagers testing positive for diabetes and prediabetes had nearly tripled to 23 percent in 2007-8 from 9 percent in 1999-2000.

Obesity and the form of diabetes linked to it are taking an even worse toll on America’s youths than medical experts had realized. As obesity rates in children have climbed, so has the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, and a new study adds another worry: the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat.

Why the disease is so hard to control in children and teenagers is not known. The researchers said that rapid growth and the intense hormonal changes at puberty might play a part.

This info is from two different articles;

Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment

Diabetes on the Rise Among Teenagers

Millie;  This begins when babies are born, here is a list of my recommendations;

1)   Breastfeed and do not start solids until close to one year.  Make sure your nutrition is perfect- 2400 calories a day with plenty of saturated fat and organic, grass fed meat and eggs.

2)  DO not start children, or babies on any type of cereal; they are almost 100% carbs and have no nutrients.

3)  NEVER give your kids, or babies, fruit juice.  It’s simply main-lining sugar.  Feed whole fruit, one serving a day.  The rest should be meat, eggs and vegetables.

4) No soft drinks, ever.

5) Never let a child under 3 watch TV.  The messages they get are awful, the inactivity is awful.. Go out to play with your child, take him for walks, start camping, hiking, swimming.  Both of you will be better off.

6) Maintain control of your child food intake, even with their grandparents.  It’s hard, put your foot down and insist- NO JUNK FOOD!

REMEMBER; Unless your babies and small children have cars and jobs…YOU are in CHARGE!

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