Child Obesity and Diabetes

Doctors have associated diabetes with obesity. They have found that obese people overtax their pancreas leading to Type 2 diabetes. Although it is not necessary that every obese person ends up as a diabetic but obesity can be a major risk factor for developing diabetes.

Adolescents who are suffering from childhood obesity also have an increased risk of developing various health problems like heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease etc. including Type 2 diabetes.

Experts suspect that being obese causes the cells to change and make them less capable of processing sugar out from the blood. The insulin producing cells become stressed and overworked. Over a period of time they stop functioning.

Studies have shown that over the people diagnosed with diabetes, almost half were considered clinically obese. Therefore, by losing weight and leading an active and a healthier lifestyle you can reduce the risk that obesity poses you for diabetes.

Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle often leads to a condition called “metabolic syndrome”. This is one of the primary factors leading to the development of diabetes and heart diseases confirm the experts.

During the course of a study at the Yale University published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 2002, doctors examined a few obese children including children as young as age 4. They found out that 25% of obese children were already glucose intolerant posing a high risk for diabetes.

A Recent research shows that there is a surge in children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes today. Earlier Type 2 was seen to be very rare in children who were diagnosed mostly with Type 1 diabetes. In 1990 almostĀ  4 percent of childhood diabetes cases were type 2, that number has risen to approximately 20 percent, varying from 8 percent to 45 percent, depending on the age of the group studied (type 2 is most frequent in the 10 to 19 year age group in pediatric practice) and the racial/ethnic mix of the group studied. Of the children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 85 percent are obese.

As children become increasingly overweight, physicians fear that in the next couple of generations Type 2 diabetes will start occurring in even younger and pre-pubescent children.

According to a research about 6% of population in the United States of America is diabetic where Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death.

If your child is obese, its time that you bring about significant changes in his/her dietary and physical habits. Teach your child how being overweight can bring him a risk of a variety of diseases and how changes in food habits and lifestyle may benefit him/her in terms of health.

More so, if you want to bring a change in your child”s food habits, bring those changes in your diet first. Do not expect your child to eat salads while you eat hamburger. Simple steps in fighting childhood obesity can go a long way in keeping diabetes at bay.