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Sunday, March 04, 2007

New Insights to Protect Your Children from Diabetes in Future


The growing incidence of type 2 diabetes is a matter of alarm in many countries. The seeds of this avoidable disease are sown in childhood. Poor eating and exercise habits stay with individuals in to adult life. They often result in gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes as well, before full blown type 2 diabetes sets in.

You cannot prevent type 1 diabetes since it is genetic, but once your children are born without such an auto-immune disorder, it is in your hands to raise them in ways that keeps type 2 diabetes at bay.

Waist circumference, blood pressure, and fats in blood, apart from body weight for height, can warn doctors that an individual is at risk of future type 2 diabetes suffering. New research on the metabolic syndrome, which generally precedes type 2 diabetes, suggests that growing children should be monitored regularly for their future risks of developing diabetes.

I suggest that you ask your family physician to assess your children in this respect. Here is a link (retrieved today) to an article which I found most useful:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/552466?src=mp


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