While Diabetes Awareness only gets one month, it’s a problem among kids that needs some serious attention. Diabetes rates among kids are exploding.
Also known as adult onset diabetes, the CDC has found that type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more common among kids. The culprit? The health organization points to an epidemic of obesity and a low-level of physical activity among young people, as well as exposure to diabetes in utero.
What’s even more disheartening is that a study out this spring found that it was harder to treat kids with the condition than it was to treat adults. They didn’t respond the same to medication and lifestyle changes, meaning that they could be in for a lifetime of juggling multiple medications and insulin.
David B. Allen, a pediatrician who wrote an editorial about that study stated:
“Fifty years ago, children did not avoid obesity by making healthy choices; they simply lived in an environment that provided fewer calories and included more physical activity for all.”
The answer, he went on to suggest, will depend on public policy: initiatives to make healthy foods available and attractive to kids, along with the creation of environments that encourage physical movement.
To learn more about diabetes, visit the Vitals Patient Education Center and read the Diabetes Patient Guide.
Sources: npr.org and cdc.gov