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LATEST NEWS: JAMA finds 25% of our kids as prediabetic

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Prediabetes — a condition wherein blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.

Children are more likely to get Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce much insulin.

Type 2 diabetes develops over years and has been linked to obesity. In Type 2, the body becomes less responsive to insulin, which the body needs to balance glucose in the bloodstream.

Now the alarming stats:

  • Nearly a quarter of young adults and a fifth of adolescents in the United States have prediabetes, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
  • Roughly a third of adults — or 84 million Americans — have prediabetes, according to the CDC. Nine in 10 don’t know they have it.
  • Those with prediabetes had higher systolic blood pressure, more fat tissue around the abdomen, and higher non-HDL cholesterol

Takeaway: Be aware and take action against the growing obesity epidemic in our children.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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