One in three U.S. kids born in 2000 will grow up to be diabetic, say researchers.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that impairs the body’s ability to use food. The most common form of the disease is type 2 diabetes, which affects about 16 million Americans.
Source: American Diabetes Association
African-American and Hispanic children are at an even greater risk: nearly half of them will likely develop the disease due to their traditionally high-fat diets, according to K.M. Venkat Narayan, M.D., a diabetes specialist at the CDC.
Diabetes can cause a host of health problems, including kidney failure, blindness, limb amputations, heart disease and stroke. Currently about 17 million Americans (or 6 percent of the
So what can you do to stem this alarming trend? For starters, trim the fat from your family’s diet and load up on the fruits and veggies. Turn off the TV, unplug the video game systems and get your kids moving. Just 45 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day can dramatically reduce an elementary-age child’s risk of getting obesity-related diabetes, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.