Los Angeles Study on Obese Teens and Type 2 Diabetes: Facts about Teen Obesity and Diabetes
Obese teens are already having problems with Type 2 Diabetes and managing it can prove to be even harder. Drug treatment alone does not help. More than the drugs are the lifestyle changes that teens should make to decrease the rapid progress of the disease or totally preventing it. Learn more about the facts that you need to know about Teen Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes to know how you can prevent it from happening to your teen.
A latest research in Los Angeles is once again tapping every parent’s awareness about diabetes among their teens, especially overweight teens. This research aimed to look into the prevalence of obese teens and the increased risks of Type 2 Diabetes. It also employed different types of treatment that may help an overweight teen manage Type 2 Diabetes. The research proved that not just one treatment will work for Type 2 Diabetes and having a healthy lifestyle as early as possible is still the ultimate key.
Facts about Teen Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Fact #1: There is an increasing rate of teen obesity in the US today. It has grown three times from 1980 to 2010 and there is one in every three teens that is diagnosed as obese. 25% of children are obese and obesity has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes. It only goes to follow that with the increased rate of obesity in teens, the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and other health conditions is increasing as well. A teen with an obese parent is also at risk of becoming obese as genes also play a role in weight gain.
Fact #2: The primary cause of obesity is unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity. In this day and age of computers, video games, and the Internet, there is no wonder that our teens are less physically active and have unhealthy diets. Most teens can spend hours in front of the computer and munch on chips and junk food while surfing or playing. Healthy eating and regular exercise should be promoted even to young children because children can continue with these habits later on and earn the healthy benefits as they age.
Fact #3: Kids and teens that are already obese at age 10 may most likely be obese in their adult years. Obese kids and teens may already have unhealthy eating habits formed early and such habits may not be that be easy to change anymore as they age and mature. Old, unhealthy habits die hard and it’s sad that obesity and diabetes are the results of these kinds of habits. The risk of suffering from Type 2 Diabetes is already high in your obese 10 year old and the complications do not change when they are adults.
Fact #4: Type 2 Diabetes is an aggressive and prevalent disease among obese teens. An obese teen may have problems with insulin resistance, when the body does not use insulin properly and insulin becomes less effective, because of the excess and increasing fat in the teen’s body. The body needs to produce just the correct amount of insulin in the body for the body to be able to utilize this insulin to its optimum level. Being overweight does not help in both production and function of the insulin.
Fact #5: Type 2 Diabetes has long-term health complications that your obese teen will have to endure and be wary of until his old age. The risks of coronary heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease and blindness, nerve damage and stroke are high in obese teens also suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes may also be the reason for a shorter life span, anxiety, and even depression among kids. Any teen subjected to emotional stress because of their being obese and sick with diabetes leads to an unhealthy and unhappy teenage life.
Fact #6: Type 2 Diabetes cannot be treated solely with pills or drugs as what the study in Los Angeles has proven. The study concentrated on 3 types of treatment which all involved the use of the drug metformin, a drug known to aid in lowering the blood sugar levels. Aside from treating with metformin, dieting and exercising, plus another drug, Avandia, were also used in the treatment. The conclusion is that, lowering the blood sugar level with the drug is easy especially with metformin, but the problem lies with maintaining the low sugar level and controlling the increase and the weight gain of the obese teens.
Preventing Teen Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
- Promote a healthy diet at a very young age until the teenage years.
- Make exercise a part of your teen’s healthy routines.
- Constantly educate your teen about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
- Encourage your teen to be become more involved in physical activities.
- Guide your obese and diabetic teen in managing his weight and diabetes.
- Take the necessary drug treatment and lifestyle changes to deal with diabetes.
- Set a good example of healthy living to your teens.
The ultimate key to preventing any health condition from happening is to start living a healthy lifestyle. This could start at a very young age when parents are able to control the diet and activities of their children. Teens may be harder to control in this sense but if you educate, inform, and guide your teens towards healthy eating, you wouldn’t have to worry about raising an obese and diabetic teen.