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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes In Kids

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes In Kids

NC – One in three Canadian children born in 2000 will be diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in his or her lifetime, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the number of kids with type 2 diabetes has been increasing steadily.

Type 2 diabetes is often brought on by an unhealthy body weight and inactivity. As many as 30 percent of Canadian youngsters are obese or overweight, says Dr. Shazhan Amed, a pediatric endocrinologist at B.C Children’s Hospital and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She adds that 95 percent of those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

But the disease can be prevented before it sets in. “Obesity is preventable,” says Amed, “therefore, type 2 diabetes can be a preventable condition.”

Your child may be at risk if he or she:

• Consumes an unhealthy diet;

• Has a sedentary, inactive lifestyle;

• Spends too much time in front of a TV, computer or video game screen;

• Has a strong genetic link, such as a parent with the disease;

• Is part of a high-risk ethnic group, such as Southeast Asian or First Nations.

You can lead by example:

• Don’t talk about dieting. Instead, offer cut-up veggies and fruit in lieu of chips, pastries and sweets.

• Skip the juice and pop. Milk and water are the best options.

• Work exercise into the daily routine, through walks, playing tag in a schoolyard, riding a bike, raking leaves, etc.

• Limit screen time.

Playing a leadership role in slowing the advance of type 2 diabetes and its related complications, Sun Life Financial answers your questions about diabetes on its website, BrighterLife.ca.

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