Kids who are overweight, have faulty eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle are at the risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes. Let us take a look at few steps parents can take to prevent type 2 diabetes in kids.
Diabetes is a disease that entails major modifications of the lifestyle pattern of the patient. Children who are diabetic may have to suffer from kidney and pancreatic disorders apart from skin problems and suppressed immune functions. Unfortunately the rise in diabetes amongst children has caused doctors and child specialists to research more on the ways of preventing this lifestyle disorder.
Different Types of Diabetes in Kids
Diabetes is of two types; Type 1 and Type 2. While Type 1 diabetes is congenital and cannot really be prevented by lifestyle alterations and medication, the type 2 variant of diabetes can be controlled by lifestyle alterations, diet and exercise apart from prescribed medicines.
In case of Type 1 Diabetes the body loses its ability to make insulin and this is an inborn defect. Kids with this Type 1 Diabetes have to inject insulin extraneously in order to live. However, in Type 2 Diabetes the body produces insufficient amount of insulin or the insulin which is produced may not be absorbed properly in the body. The incidence of Type 2 Diabetes can be fully prevented or at least delayed by many years.
Is your Kid at risk for Diabetes?
If you or your parents or any directly linked family member has been suffering from diabetes then chances are that your kid has an increased risk of contracting diabetes. If your kid is overweight and has BMI (body mass index) over 30 then he or she has an increased risk of diabetes. Low amount of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle is also a main cause of diabetes. In fact the lowered physical activity rate of modern age kids is quoted to be one of the reasons behind the rise of diabetes in teens and children.
Preventing Diabetes Type 2 By Diet Changes
Even a small but sustainable life style change can contribute a lot towards the prevention of diabetes. Losing a small modicum of weight can delay the onset of this disease by years.
A combination of diet and exercise is a must for your kids if you are trying to prevent the occurrence of diabetes.
Limiting Drinks and Beverages
Limit the consumption of Soda, sports drink, tea, coffee and packaged fruit juices. These are drinks that have high sugar content which cause the blood sugar level to spike up in an unhealthy way. The focus should be on consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables in their organic form. Choose to give your kid grilled and boiled food instead of fried items and avoid using high fat dressings like mayonnaise frequently.
Choosing Healthy Snacking Options
While serving snacks to your kids choose carrots, plain popcorn and whole fruits instead of cakes and biscuits. Diet sodas can be served instead of regular high sugar aerated drinks. Choose a meal plan that includes lots of non starch vegetables, healthy amount of protein and moderate amount of carbohydrate.
Domestic Exercises and Prevention of Diabetes
Issue a strict protocol of no more than 2 hours of TV per day for your kids. Sitting in front of the TV entails no muscle movement and hence should be restricted. Kids with diabetic tendencies should get at least 60 minutes of exercise per day on most days. Lifestyle changes like using the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and walking instead of taking a cab can also help. Walking around the home and assisting you in general chores can also be a good way of physical activity for your kids. You could try dedicating half an hour very day to a dance session where you and your kids can turn on the music and dance.
By proper help and support of the parent and correct lifestyle modifications it is possible for every kid to enjoy a life free from diabetes.
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