Fighting Against Childhood Diabetes
Keeping kids active is not only important to their overall health doctors say it can also save their lives.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi, a pediatric endocrinologist with Golisano Children’s Hospital, says today more children battle with obesity. “It’s real. We see these alarming figures rise. Almost two thirds of the population is now overweight or obese.”
Obesity brings a long list of health problems for children. “There has been a recent study that correlates strongly between diabetes and time spent in a sitting position,” said Dr. Jehaimi.
Studies show one in three children born in the U.S. will develop diabetes. The cause is usually poor diet and lack of physical activity. “The body when it’s not in an active mode it does shut down the metabolism, it slows down. So we encourage all shapes of exercise and all forms of exercise,” said Dr. Jehaimi.
Doctors say it’s important to limit the amount of time children spend inside on electronics. Make sure they are running around, playing sports, and interacting with other children. “You cannot separate nutrition from physicality,” said Dr. Jehaimi.
It’s also important to make sure the child is not eating a lot of processed foods. Instead, fill their diet with protein and whole foods. “You want to avoid things in the bag, things in the can, you want to go with the least processed as you can,” said Dr. Jehaimi.
Doctors say limiting the amount of sugar and increasing the amount of activity will ultimately help lower the number of children diagnosed with diabetes.
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