Increasing Levels Of Children Falling Victim To Diabetes

The increasing levels of obesity in children are causing about 100 obese children to be diagnosed with diabetes that normally affects only middle aged adults.

According to the research that the type 2 diabetes in children has reached to about 10 times in the past five years and there has been a record report of the cases between 2004 and 2005 in children under 16 years of age.

There is also data from the physicians who said that children even as young as nine years old have been diagnosed with this condition.

The doctors link obesity to be causing diabetes and is the culprit, and leads the young ones to ill health and can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, eye and kidney disease.

The researchers say that this might be a very little data that they have got as of now and they say that there may be thousands of more kids who are at risk of developing this condition.
There are about 60,000 children who are thought to be suffering from weight related metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of different conditions including high blood pressure and high cholesterol level, which is thought to lead into diabetes.

The doctors are saying that the childhood obesity has really climbed in the figures and it is still creeping up. The most important thing is that as to how to control this issue, which is rising at such a rapid rate.

A survey that was conducted in England found that there are about 18 percent children who are of school going age are overweight and about 6 percent can be categorized as obese.
In type 1 diabetes, the people who are suffering from this problem are unable to produce insulin and the diabetes occurs during childhood or during the adolescent age and then is treated with insulin injections.

In type 2 diabetes, there is not enough insulin that is produced and this usually affects people who are over the age of 40 years and can be controlled with stricter diet plans. Both of these types of diabetes can cause problems such as strokes, heart disease and blindness.

There are increasing number of cases reported of children having type 2 diabetes, which was once a disease of the people in their 40s and this is pretty alarming.


2 thoughts on “Increasing Levels Of Children Falling Victim To Diabetes

  1. Gina April 27, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    I am TOTALLY startled at the number of typical adult diseases children are having to live with in our century. It is so very sad and heart twisting. Your information is appreciated. Hopefully with information like you have shared, people will begin focusing on how to help children overcome the things they can overcome, like weight loss. If most of the children with diabeties can be helped and or cured simply by losing weight, what better time to start than when they are young!!

    As an adult I struggle with weight. I wish I would have been taught as a young child how to control my eating habits, set realistic goals, and visualize the success. I was searching the web for achieving weight loss goals and came across a super site. The site is by marcia Wieder and I thought you and your readers might also enjoy it. is the site. She discusses how we can achieve our life dreams. I believe if a child is taught that all things truly are possible through visualization, attainable goal setting, and determination, then they will be able to heal, grow, and succeed at an early age. Their successes will turn into a way of life for them, which is an awesome thought!! They will be able to focus on success and health with such a positive mental attitude at a young age.

    I could go on and on, but mostly just wanted to say thank you for sharing!!

    May your day be filled richly with blessings and joy!


  2. Scott April 27, 2006 at 6:18 pm

    It is worth noting that a study published in March 2006 showed that most new cases of diabetes in children are Type 1, NOT type 2 (although some children, particularly heavier teenagers, showed signs of insulin resistance as well). The JDRF-funded study tracked children with diabetes over a 5-year period and showed that a majority of new cases of diabetes diagnosed in children are Type 1, despite the nation’s and especially the American Diabetes Association’s recent preoccupation with the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes among the nation’s youth.

    The JDRF study, called “SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth,” also showed that type 1 diabetes was diagnosed mostly in children under age 10, and was present in children of all races. The findings were detailed in the Spring 2006 issue of Countdown, the official quarterly publication of JDRF, the world’s leading charitable supporter of research into type 1 diabetes and its complications. “It appears we have underestimated the number of new diabetes cases in children in the U.S.” said Dr. Richard Insel, Executive Vice President of Research for JDRF.

    SEARCH, completed in October 2005, was started due to the growing concern of type 2 diabetes cases in children and the lack of reliable data on type 1 diabetes across diverse populations. Co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), SEARCH included 6,000 children who were diagnosed with diabetes in 2001, and was also the first study to include all races and ethnic groups.

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