Obesity, a Risk Factor for Developing Childhood Diabetes

Obesity, a Risk Factor for Developing Childhood Diabetes

The condition causes damage to self-esteem, insecurity, anxiety and depression. The prevalence of this disease in large percentage increases by obesity.

MEXICO – The obesity in children and adolescents may be a risk factor for developing diabetes, said Leticia Garcia Morales, head of Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Mexico “Federico Gomez “.

The specialist explained that children learn behavior patterns of adults, and if the latter have an unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, your lifestyle can affect the weight of children.

Because of this, he added in a statement, minors tend to damage their self-esteem, insecurity, anxiety and depression.

Garcia Morales pointed out that in the Diabetes Clinic hospital said the prevalence of childhood diabetes increased 35 percent obesity.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2012, diabetes mellitus affects 9.2 percent of the adult population.

The expert said that a family history of diabetes mellitus type 2, low birth weight, presence of gestational diabetes in the mother of the baby and increase greater than what should be weight, which is 10 to 13 kilograms during pregnancy, are risk factors for the child suffering from the disease.

Symptoms to detect this condition in the shortest are urinating much, poor appetite, tiredness, thirst and weight loss.

Therefore, he stressed that the treatment is mainly modify lifestyle, a balanced, adequate and free diet of simple sugars, exercising and applying insulin properly, to avoid booking the pancreas is exhausted.

It also recommended adopting healthy eating habits and consuming cereals, fruits, vegetables and legumes, as well as reducing proteins.

Children’s Hospital of Mexico implements strategies for the care of this population, this education through workshops disease, self-monitoring, application of insulin, healthy eating, exercise and psychological treatment.

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