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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 05:23 PM

Obesity-Linked Diabetes Harder to Treat in Children

Source: New York Times

Obesity and the form of diabetes linked to it are taking an even worse toll on America’s youth than medical experts had realized. As obesity rates in children have climbed, so has the incidence of type 2 diabetes, and a new study adds another worry: the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults, and is harder to treat.

“It’s frightening how severe this metabolic disease is in children,” said Dr. David M. Nathan, an author of the study and director of the diabetes center at the Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s really got a hold on them and it’s hard to turn around.”

Before the 1990s, this form of diabetes was hardly ever seen in children. It is still uncommon, but experts say any increase in such a serious disease is troubling. There were about 3,600 new cases a year from 2002 to 2005 (the latest available data).

The research is the first large study of type 2 diabetes in children, “because this didn’t used to exist,” said Dr. Robin Goland, a member of the research team and co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She added, “These are people who are struggling with something that shouldn’t happen in kids who are this young.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/health/research/obesity-and-type-2-diabetes-cases-take-toll-on-children.html



And I wonder why those so-called "pro-life" people turn around and scream and holler in reaction to Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program: "MICHELLE WANTS TO PUT PARENTS IN JAIL FOR TAKING THEIR KIDS TO MCDONALD'S!!!!!" despite studies like this.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 05:36 PM

1. working on and off on call I've seen children as young 6 diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

and yes it most definitely related to childhood obesity, and the fight starts at the parental level got to learn to say no and lead by example that said moderation is the key and going overboard healthy can in the long run be harmful too, in American society kids will want MickeyD's and occasionally it does no harm as long as its balanced with healthier meals the rest of the time, don't make it the 'forbidden fruit' which for kids makes it all the better

that and exercise don'tlet the kid be a couch potato as Michelle says get out and move

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 06:16 PM

2. That's because HFCS is in almost EVERYTHING kids eat!

- And that stuff is poison.....

K&R

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:40 PM

3. As an adult with type 2 diabetes I am not surprised that it is hard to treat. I for one learned some

really bad habits in order to get obese and it is a continual struggle to reverse those habits. I am finally getting the hang of it but it took a medicine that causes me to lose weight. I hope we can find a way to help them get their diabetes under control.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:49 PM

4. Good luck and stay positive

My friend was diagnosed with Type II last November. For whatever reason, she was able to buckle down to the program right away (the doctor said she's the best patient he's ever had). She had already been working on her weight but as with any of us over 50 every pound was a struggle. All of a sudden, she really started to lose it and finally confessed to me that it was the Metformin that was helping her lose weight so readily. (She knew I was going nuts because I've been working on the 30 pounds I gained when I quit smoking and it's slow going).

Anyway, the good news I want you to share with you is that she's already off insulin and the doctor is hoping she'll be off the Metformin sometime this summer and able to control it with diet and exercise. I know everyone's case is different, but I wish the same for you.


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Response to dflprincess (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 09:11 PM

5. Great - I also take Metformin and Victoza. The last is what really helped me. My doctor is also

talking about getting me off some of the meds I take. It can be done but it is very hard and anyone who just thinks you can stop those habits just like that is wrong.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 09:16 PM

6. It is hard to break habits

I know from how long it took me to quit smoking even though I knew all the reasons I should.

The above mentioned friend, despite how she changed her nutrtional and exercise ways, is still a smoker. Her doc has suggested she quit while still on the Metformin because he's just as soon she not gain weight back. She's trying but it's a hard habit to break.

Sounds like you're on the right track and I truly wish you all the best.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:39 AM

10. Thank you. And best wishes to your friend.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 12:59 AM

7. Change to a primal diet and

you can lose weight and cure diabetes without the meds. The American Diabetes Association teaches the wrong diet for a cure and pharma doesn't want a cure, they just want to endlessly treat for more profit. I cured my type two diabetes and high blood pressure by eating primal and the weight also just falls off. When we were told in the 70's to eat a low fat, high carb diet, that was a political decision, not a scientific one and it's resulted in an obese, ill population. We've been fooled about so many things.

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Response to sense (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 01:31 AM

8. Absolutely correct but no one wants to hear it.

The research is clear and unequivocal, and has been for a century or more. If we eat what humans ate for a million years before the invention of agriculture and industry, not only does obesity disappear, but also most of the chronic diseases, including atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes II, stroke, hypertension, and persistent inflammatory diseases. Meanwhile, the natural hunger regulation system begins to function again, which keeps us lean and full of energy.

We have no robust ability to handle the concentrated carbs - flour, sugar, rice, potato, cereal, pasta - and what little ability we have becomes compromised as we age. The metabolic software for these invented foods is simply not in our genes.

If it's white, don't bite. (Whole grain doesn't make much difference, either, sad to say.)

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Response to sense (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:37 AM

9. is that the same as the paleo diet?

i've wondered about that....


seems humanity did not just ok but thrived for a "gazillion" years prior to domesticating plants...

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Response to Scout (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:03 PM

11. Yes, they are very similar.

It's changed our lives completely. My spouse lost 50 lbs without any hunger at all and eating all that he wanted of the foods we evolved to eat, not the foods that are now promoted as healthy. He's off blood pressure meds that he was on for 30 years. Since I no longer have any evidence of diabetes and am no longer depressed, life seems good again!

The more you research, once you start thinking about the grand experiment performed on the US population and unfortunately the other countries that have followed suit, the more you discover the truth about the bill of goods we've been sold about diet. The low fat meme didn't come from science, but from politicians and others.... Ancel Keynes, who supposedly studied the effects of dietary fat on humans took the data from 22 countries and when he couldn't make the facts align with his hypothesis, threw out the data from all but 7 countries to try to prove that a low fat diet is healthy! That's not science! No one even questioned what he did, just allowed that "study" to inform what we were told about diet and health since the 50's. The study was called the 7 countries study!!! There were 22 countries and we should have been told about them all and the "results" would have been far different and we could have prevented the epidemic of obesity and the majority of the auto-immune diseases that are now rampant. Here's a great video from a swedish doctor:

http://vimeo.com/couchmode/ancestralhealthsymposium/videos/sort:newest/29464690

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