Diabetes prevention must start at school

In a new step to prevent the problem of diabetes, researchers have found that the disease , should be prevented at early stage of life, childhood. It will require inundating them with health information at the place where they spend the most time: school.

The National Diabetes Education Program estimates that about 3,700 new cases of Type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year among young people under age 20. With Type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by excess weight, the body develops a resistance to insulin and does not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin increases, the pancreas loses its ability to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar. Some small-scale studies have indicated that Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the under-20 age group, but there are no hard data on the trend, said Karen Hunter, a media specialist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Lee Bricker , an endocrinologist and head of the KCMS Adult Endocrine and Diabetes Clinics argues,

“We need to hit these kids in grade school and junior high school.We see all these football-shaped kids. We need to get them back into gym class, get the candy bars out of the vending machines and hit this as a major health effort.”

The National Diabetes Education Program estimates that about 3,700 new cases of Type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year among young people under age 20.With Type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by excess weight, the body develops a resistance to insulin and does not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin increases, the pancreas loses its ability to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar.

Between 16 and 17 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight — about double the number of 20 years ago, according to recent national estimates from the National Diabetes Education Program.

Source: mlive.com

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