Led by all the major global health organizations, 14th November is observed as ‘World Diabetes Day’ in order to draw attention towards the rampant spread of diabetes. According to World Health Organization, diabetes is ranked 6th in top 10 causes of death worldwide. The alarming rise of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, once considered as an adult disease, has triggered critical warnings in families and health organizations.
Over the last couple of decades, there has been a tectonic shift in lifestyle of families. High calorie diet, junk food, lesser physical and outdoor activities have increased waist lines of individuals, and critically among children as well. It’s a dual epidemic as obesity is on the rise and blood sugar levels are increasing. While experts have coined the word ‘Diabesity’ for prevalence of diabetes & obesity in children, the World Health Organization has described the situation as ‘exploding nightmare.’
Key Stats according to American Diabetes Association:
In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
About 193,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes
A diabetic adult suffers from various health complications that include damage to large and small blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack and stroke, and problems with the kidneys, eyes, feet and nerves. So when a child is diagnosed with diabetes, the situation becomes precariously critical.
Symptoms of diabetes to watch out in children:
Abnormal weight gain or loss
Increase in thirst and frequency of urination
Increase in fatigue
Irritability or behavioral changes
Slow healing of wounds
Doctors have been warning about the sedentary lifestyle of children and all the various risks to health that it brings. While health agencies in USA are taking several steps to combat the rise of Diabetes, every one of us at a personal level can play our parts as well. It’s the duty of individuals, parents and caregivers to take the step forward and care for the well-being of children.
5 tips to prevent diabetes:
A well balanced diet including whole grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables & low fat dairy products
Regular physical activity on everyday basis
Maintaining healthy weight
Regular body check ups
At UCMAS, we urge parents to be alert and maintain a healthy lifestyle with balanced diet and regular physical activities for themselves as well as their children. As the numbers show, the situation of diabetic children is scary. You have to take control and keep your children safe from the lifelong medical complications arising because of diabetes. Act Now!