Epidemic of Type II Diabetes May Occur
This is something I have been saying for several years now. The lack of exercise, the poor dietary habits and the nutrient-poor/highly processed foods are all contributing to this potential epidemic. Every time I see or hear someone talking about increases in lifespan, I wonder if they really understand where our country is headed w/ our health.
(article) The current epidemic of obesity in US children is likely to be followed by a national epidemic of type II diabetes, according to a study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). In the study of 688 apparently healthy children, conducted by researchers at the UNC-CH schools of nursing, medicine and public health, showed that 7% of the schoolchildren already had 3 of the leading risk factors for heart disease and eventual type II diabetes. Those risk factors, which together are called multiple metabolic syndrome, are high insulin levels, high blood pressure, and either elevated levels of triglycerides or too-low levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL).”That 7 percent doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you consider that these children very probably will go on to develop type II diabetes within 10 years, it’s frightening,” said Dr. Joanne S. Harrell, professor of nursing at UNC-CH and director of the Center for research on Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness in Vulnerable People. “Because we studied healthy, normal kids in five different schools, we think this is a national problem that needs to be addressed on a national level.”Harrell presented the findings at the American Heart Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana.