The Connection Between
Type 2 diabetes and obesity are both epidemics sweeping
across America. In the U.S. today, over 12.5 million
children are overweight- that's 17.1 percent of those
aged between 2 and 19 years.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, these overweight and obese children are more likely to experience cardiovascular health problems,
high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes than their thinner peers..
To better understand it, we need answers to a few basic questions - starting with
"What is Type 2 diabetes?"
Traditionally, when diabetes was detected during childhood, it was assumed to be juvenile-onset or Type 1 diabetes. However, in the past
20 years, more children are developing Type 2 and excessive weight gain is the root cause.
Type 2 diabetes is caused when your body begins to develop a resistance to insulin and is no longer using insulin efficiently.
Eventually, the pancreas loses its ability to produce insulin and can't regulate blood sugar levels properly.
Is childhood Type 2 diabetes actually a major problem?
According to the National Center for Chronic Disease prevention and Health Promotion, Type 2 diabetes for adolescents and children is on
the rise. Those most frequently diagnosed are between the ages of 10 and 19.
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