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Study shows that type 2 diabetes on the rise among UK children

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Date: June 5th, 2018

What is type 2 diabetes?

It was established that a total of 106 cases were recorded between April 2015-April 2016 and this raises a red flag as it remains significantly less common than the reports on type 1 diabetes among youngsters.

It also came forth that children from non-white ethnicity, mostly South Asians, were at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than the white kids, which continues a long-known tendency of South Asians barring a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.

 More about Diabetes

Diabetes is a body condition that makes the body not to metabolize insulin in a proper way. It results in the body not producing enough insulin that can sufficiently keep the glucose levels at the optimal level. This is the most common type of diabetes.

From the general populace, the study found that South Asian children were four times more at a risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes while Caribbean British/black/African were 2.3 times more susceptible to getting the ailment.

The researchers also found that obesity was a leading risk factor of the disease disclosing that 81% of the kids diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes were obese.

In the study, the researchers found that children from South Asia or of the same ethnicity had a significantly lower BMI scores compared to white kids and this trend was also recorded in South Asian adults who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Girls formed 67% of those diagnosed and out of them, 81% had a history of the ailment in their families and the investigators conceded to the fact that both gender and family traits were strongly linked to the disease.

The British Pediatric Surveillance Unit (PSU) was involved in the provision of the data and the cases were reported on a monthly basis during the 10 years review period.

From this study, it is evident that this disease is on the prowl among children and stakeholders need to step-up efforts in the health sector to ensure it does not wreck havoc and endanger children.

A report from Local Government Association (LGA) revealed that more than 600 kids and other young adults aged 25 and below in Wales and England were diagnosed with diabetes type 2.

 How to deal with Type 2 diabetes

Even though the rates are swelling, this condition among children is very manageable and all that is needed to have the sufferer’s sugar levels back is medically prescribed efforts with no need of lifetime medication.

Among the recommended strides are cutting out sugary drinks and foods besides also letting go highly processed meals.

Physical exercise for instance walking for at least 30 minutes on a daily basis is also another effort that if the kids or any other person puts in place will keep the ailment at bay.

Always remember that BLS certification is key for you to offer first aid care.

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