The rise in childhood diabetes

The rise in childhood diabetes

Diabetes is perhaps one of the most common diseases today. Our country has been stated to have the highest number of diabetes cases. With the average age of 42, people with diabetes in India should be aware that diabetes can be inherited genetically.

Type 1 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes that affects children under the age of 16. About 95 percent of kids who have diabetes are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Over the past 30 years, there has been a significant rise in childhood diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes which is considered as adult disease is slowly increasing in children too.

The main causes of diabetes in children

Obesity: We see many kids perhaps twice of what adults used to weigh when they were kids. Children today prefer sitting in front of the television, or glue their eyes to the computer busy playing games.

Low immune System: One of the most important causes is very low immune system in children.

Inherited genetically: It is mostly inherited genetically, but is triggered by environmental factors like diet or exercise. Parents must keep an eye on the child’s food intake. Kids love junk food, so does diabetes.

Looking at the three points above, we see kids today are being Obese, lazy and not very active. It is parents’ responsibility to keep the child in check. If not, it is going to be needles, medication and frequent trips to the clinic.