Increasing Cases of Diabetes Among Children and Adolescents All Over the World
According to a World Health Organization fact sheet on Diabetes released this January 2011, over 220 million people around the world have diabetes. However, recently there have been more and more children acquiring this disease. This trend has alarmed health authorities, sending numerous health organizations to start their campaigns towards a healthier and active lifestyle among the younger members of society. Typically, people are used to believing that this condition, especially type 2 diabetes, is very rare in this age group. As a result, parents are advised to have their kids undergo a series of tests to determine if they have diabetes, as there have been so many cases of this disease going undetected among children. The modern, sedentary lifestyle kids are used to have made them more susceptible to getting diabetes early on in their lives. In addition to that, foods available on the market are filled with sugar and carbohydrates that contributes to their obesity, another factor that scientists have found to have been linked with diabetes.
It is very important then that children be test for the disease as early as possible. If this condition goes untreated, children will suffer the consequences of this disease such as high blood pressure and severe hyperglycemia. The complications that diabetes bring can be devastating to an individual’s health, and serious medication is needed so that the conditions may be mitigated and problems can be addressed appropriately. People need to be especially wary about the consequences of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition wherein the body, despite being able to produce insulin, cannot utilize it properly to ensure that glucose in the blood is broken down accordingly. If this type of diabetes is left untreated, this could result in stroke, leg amputations, blindness, heart attack and kidney failure.
While all of these facts are appalling, parents can still do something about the condition of their children. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. There are several suggestions that doctors and diabetes experts around the world recommend to treat or ease the consequences of diabetes among children. These are also recommended, not only for patients suffering diabetes, but anyone, as every individual can benefit from these practices. For diabetics, they should always monitor the kinds of liquids they drink. They should be careful not to drink products that are full of sugar or caffeine, as these may worsen their condition. They should drink lots of water as much as they can. As a rule of thumb, for every pound someone weighs, a person needs to drink an ounce of water. One’s diet should also be scrutinized. Sugar laden foods should be avoided. High fat and high carb diets are also not recommended for diabetics. Meanwhile, fiber and antioxidant rich foods are beneficial to those suffering from this disease. Vegetables are also highly advised by doctors to their diabetic patients. Exercise also plays a role in mitigating the effects of diabetes. Diabetics should start living an active lifestyle but they should remember to avoid getting dehydrated in the process.
World Health Organization. (2011). Diabetes [Data file]. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/
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