Diabetes epidemic cannot be ignored

Diabetes epidemic cannot be ignored

Parents need to be aware of the importance of keeping their children physically active.

With the school year just about over, young kids soon will have a lot time on their hands.

Don't let them sit around at home. Get them playing outside or swimming at the pool — anything that will keep them occupied and active.

Staying active will be good for their minds and good for their bodies.

Here's one reason. According to the result of a new study published in Pediatrics, nearly one in four American adolescents (ages 12 to 19) may be on the verge of developing Type 2 Diabetes, an increase from one in 10 just a decade ago.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood glucose. Obesity is thought to be the primary cause of this condition, and it can be managed with dietary modifications and exercise. Type 2 diabetes also can be a precursor to a variety of ailments, including vision and nerve problems, heart disease and kidney failure. Teens who are particularly vulnerable are those who are described as sedentary, perhaps occupied by computers or video games.

The increase in cases of Type 2 diabetes among young people is serious business. It not only raises the possibility of serious health repercussions but the cost of treating them. It's no secret that the cost of health care is one of the major challenges this country faces or that people need to do what they can to keep themselves out of the sick ward.

Considered in that context, getting the kids playing outside is a pretty simple solution.

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