One of the best known “killer” diseases these days is Type 2 diabetes, and pre-teens who continue eating junk food and not exercising enough, are more prone to developing it. Studies show teenagers and pre-teens are facing issues of obesity, as well as diabetes. This problem is commonly caused by eating foods and beverages that contain too much sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Teenagers and pre-teens with Type 2 diabetes may not fully understand the seriousness of diabetes, the importance of treatment and how to care for themselves. It is not unusual to find a teenager is told to lose weight but are given little help on how to do it.
The increase of Type 2 diabetes in pre-teens and teenagers is partially due to the fact is it being diagnosed more readily, and also to the increasing incidence of Type 2 diabetes in the general population. Parents and activists have started to try to make changes in public schools so the Type 2 diabetes epidemic can be assuaged as much as possible.
Major changes have been made on what cafeterias in every school have been serving students for lunch and snacks. Many school menus are now based on what the government and health experts have recommended for turning the Type 2 diabetes problem around before it starts in kids. Curbing these major issues have pushed many to follow the suggested food intake that contains only natural sugars so pre-teens stop getting so many refined carbohydrates and processed foods while at school.
Some of the types of natural sugar that are being introduced to kids include:
- N-Acetyl-neuraminic acid
The importance of these so-called glyconutrients was stressed during the year 2001 when extensive research was conducted on how they can benefit the human body with the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Our body can actually produce these natural sugars on its own. However, we can promote better production of these by adding vegetables and fruits to our daily diet plan.
Sweets can really be irresistible, especially colas that almost every teen loves these days. Let’s face it; water is not high on the list of preferred drinks when it comes to adolescents anyway. If cravings for these sweets cannot be controlled, there will be a larger growth of cases of Type 2 diabetes, and pre-teens will slowly kill themselves as they get older.
It’s hard to say what the answers are when it comes to preventing Type 2 diabetes in pre-teens. A lot of it starts at home because a child’s parents must set a good example when it comes to eating habits and exercise. Without that foundation, most pre-teens will just go whatever way their friends are going when it comes to health habits.
Early education is critical to teach kids how to lead a healthy life.