Diabetes type 2 among the young.

By BandonBob Latest Reply 2011-01-21 10:16:04 -0600
Started 2011-01-20 10:59:40 -0600

Type 2 diabetes is becoming rampant in the young people here in America. Many schools have cut PE because of money restraints. The onslaught of video games, cell phones and other electronic interests are getting the kids to sit around rather than being active and outside getting some air and exercise. I would like to ask everyone at DC to think about speaking to the young people in your schools to talk about your experiences with diabetes to maybe help get programs to change this around. If we can get enough people to help one or two at a time we can reverse this awful trend.

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GabbyPA 2011-01-20 15:03:52 -0600 Report

I agree that there is a lot we can do to "clean up" the mess we have made for our kids. The one thing that seems to get left out is all the garbage that is in our foods now that we were never intended to be eating. Our bodies don't know what to do with so much of the stuff we eat. Diet foods create un-natural cravings that we fill with other junk food. Plus, there is the genetic part of it. The worst thing we can do is tell kids if you exercise and eat right you won't get it. When they do get it, they feel like failures. There is a fine line there.

Education is the key, yes. But without example at home, how do you battle that? Kids are not adults and it is hard to "tell" them the things they need to be doing, specially when it is contrary to what mom and dad are doing. We have to find a way to educate the family so that the kids have a fighting chance. It is not the kids who are made to eat junk foods, it is the parents who give in to the kids demands to eat the junk food that is advertised to them 24/7. It is the parents who are glued to the cellphones or Ipods that set the examples. Those who don't ever go out and play with the kids or take them hiking or fishing or even cook a meal to eat at the table as a family. The buck stops with the parents. The responsibility is with those who raise the children, not the teachers, preachers or government.

Wow...I don't know where all that came from. I guess some pent up frustration. We have to learn to take responsibility for ourselves and those we love and care for. So yes, we can educate the kids, but we have to educate the parents who are making the choices for the children now.

BandonBob 2011-01-20 15:49:24 -0600 Report

I agree with what you say about educating the parents but I still think we can make a difference if we work with the kids. If I even find one kid that benefits ity will be worth it.

kdroberts 2011-01-20 11:01:45 -0600 Report

But will it actually reverse or even slow down the trend? The jury is still out on the reason why it's happening. It will help general health though which is a good thing.

BandonBob 2011-01-20 12:10:24 -0600 Report

Having controlled my diabetes for 20 years I know that for me the exercise is the number on thing that helps keep me in control. I'm sure that losing weight and exercising would turn this trend around.

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