Diabetes in U.S. children is a growing epidemic. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in the 10 to 19 year-old age bracket climbed 30 percent from 2001 to 2009, according to The Journal of the American Medical Association. Type 2 diabetes, known as “adult-onset” diabetes, used to be unusual in children. As a child, the disease progresses more rapidly than in adults and is more difficult to treat, The New York Times reported.
Certain risk factors predispose children to diabetes
There are various factors that increase the risk of a young individual developing Type 2 diabetes. For example, a child could have a family history of the disease. Being obese and inactive can contribute to an individual developing Type 2 diabetes. Inactivity is common among children as some kids watch TV and play video games.
Taking preventable measures decreases children’s likelihood of developing the disease
However, children and teens can make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Daily Journal Online suggested that individuals make a lifelong commitment to a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.
The American Diabetes Association recommended that individuals get 60 minutes of daily exercise. From walking, dancing to music to joining a local gym and participating in a martial arts course, there are plenty of ways to get moving. Additionally, two minutes of high-intensity exercise on a weekly basis can help prevent the disease, according to a study conducted by Abertay University, UK. Regular physical activity also increases energy for daily activities, burns calories to help maintain a healthy weight, improves sleep pattens and quality of life.
Staying motivated is vital to a consistent exercise regimen
It can be difficult staying motivated. Think about mixing up a routine and finding an exercise buddy. Kids can also consider what exercise they enjoy. Martial arts is an engaging form of exercise and it also encourages people to exercise on a weekly basis. A regular exercise schedule helps children develop healthy habits, which decreases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.