More children living with diabetes

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Diabetes is taking its toll on the country's younger generations now.

A new study by Search for Diabetes in Youth found 30% more children between 10 and 19 years old were diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2009 than in 2001.

The study looked at five states including Colorado.

Dr. Barb Zind, a Grand Junction pediatrician, says the childhood obesity epidemic and shift to a more sedentary lifestyle are to blame for the rising rate.

"It's really tempting for kids to spend a lot of time playing video games or watching TV," Dr. Zind said. "We used to see kids lose weight over summer. They're outside more. They're not in school. Now, we see kids gaining weight over the summer months."

Dr. Zind said parents should limit their children's screen time to less than two hours a day.

Then, according to Dr. Zind, parents should encourage children to be active the rest of the day and eat healthy food, two habits that help prevent Type II diabetes.

Type I diabetes diagnoses also went up 21% for 10 to 19 year olds during the study's eight year period.

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