Type two Diabetes diagnosed in young children
Children as young as seven are being diagnosed with type two Diabetes, a condition which is ‘preventable’ and usually associated with adults in their forties. Health complications such as obesity, heart disease and unhealthy lifestyles are associated with this type.
by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 13th July 2012
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) believe that the increase in type two Diabetes in children is partly due to children being allowed to eat more junk food than ever before, and parents allowing them to be sedentary by not encouraging more physical activity, and driving them wherever they need to go.
NICE are today releasing new guidance which will be used by the NHS to offer support and help to anyone suffering from type two Diabetes and their families. Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE says:
“Type 2 diabetes is a very large-scale problem and it is important for people to know that it is preventable, and there are simple steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of developing the disease. This guidance will help people to identify their own personal risk and highlights that by losing weight, being more active and improving their diet, they can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.”
Type one Diabetes is the most common type of Diabetes in children and is usually developed early in life, with the child becoming reliant on an insulin pump or series of injections. Type two Diabetes is related to lifestyle, diet and weight and an increase in children is worrying. The NICE guidelines can be found by following their pathway here and further information on Diabetes can be found in our article What you need to know about children and diabetes.
Source: NICE, Turning the tide of type two diabetes, 12th July 2012
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