Type 2 Diabetes in Children
the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston
staff of Joslin Diabetes Center is particularly alarmed about the
increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes among young people. Once
considered a disease of middle-aged or older adults, type 2 (adult-onset)
diabetes is increasing significantly among youngsters and young
adults, in large part due to increasing obesity in the United States.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body is unable
to make enough or properly use insulin to convert food to energy.
weeks ago Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials
estimated that one out of three Americans born in 2000 will develop
diabetes during their lifetime and most of these cases will be type
2. This translates into an estimated lifetime risk of about 33 percent
for men and 39 percent for women. Government statistics predict
that, unchecked, these figures will increase 165 percent by the
good news is that unlike type 1 diabetes, which requires
insulin injections for an individual to survive much can
be done to prevent or slow type 2 diabetes. Studies at Joslin Diabetes
Center in Boston, the global leader in diabetes research, care and
education, and elsewhere have shown that modest weight loss and
regular exercise such as walking can reduce a persons
risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
What Can You Do to Help Make a Difference?
teachers and others who work with children and teens can do much
to help youngsters avoid developing type 2 diabetes, according to
Lori Laffel, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Pediatrics and Adolescent
Unit at Joslin in Boston. "If you are a parent, a teacher,
a coach, a mentor, or anyone who cares for young people, like me,
you may be very concerned about this troubling growth in the occurrence
of type 2 diabetes," Laffel says. "You can learn what
you can do to help by reviewing the following information from Joslin."