Friday, February 9, 2007

This study says one in three children will develop type 2 diabetes. That’s pretty grim isn’t it, particularly since this used to be considered an adult-onset disease? What’s wrong? Have we suddenly been hit with the diabetes virus that is causing a diabetes pandemic? Nope, I don’t think so. I think it has a lot to do with our lifestyle in this country. Anyway, the study I mention above goes on to say that exercise is crucial in fighting diabetes.

For more about diabetes: the CDC has lots of information. Here is something on physical activity and health. Here is something on exercise and diabetes. Here is something on groups affected by diabetes. Here are diabetes FAQs. Here is something on preventing diabetes. Here is an overview of diabetes in children and adolescents. The section on statistics is particularly revealing. Apparently the proportion of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has increased from less than 5 percent before 1994 to between 30 and 50 percent now? Good Lord! This is an epidemic that we need to stop. When are we going to put people first in this country?

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