• Wed, Jul 23 2008

The epidemic of diabetes hasn’t even begun…

Apparently we haven’t reached the meat of the issue…

“The full impact of the childhood obesity epidemic has yet to be seen because it can take up to 10 years or longer for obese individuals to develop type 2 diabetes,” says Lee, a member of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at Mott. “Children who are obese today are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes as young adults.”

What will diabetes do to our future generations? Young adults with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop complications such as blindness and kidney failure during their lifetimes and they have higher rates of diabetes complications and heart disease than older adults as well as babies born to young women with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes thus creating a vicious cycle.

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