Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Kids

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Kids


(Music) Announcer: Welcome to Your Health with Joan Lunden, presented by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joan Lunden: Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. Diabetes is an epidemic that is sweeping our country, and sadly it’s not just affecting adults. It’s also affecting our children. We are pleased to be joined by Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, who is here to shed some light on this really alarming subject. How serious is this? Ann Albright: Well, type 1 diabetes is still the most common form in youth, but we’re seeing an alarming growth in the number of kids with type 2 diabetes. It’s certainly related to the rise in obesity. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of this, so their children are unaware. Joan Lunden: What are the other factors contributing? Ann Albright: Well, type 2 diabetes runs in families, so does unhealthy eating habits and other lifestyle habits. Joan Lunden: So, I mean, as a mom of seven, this is just so concerning. What can we do to try to stop this? Ann Albright: Well a great place to start is to develop a plan as a whole family. Certainly want to work on increasing water intake. Might have to work on that with your kids. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and certainly find ways to make your favorite foods healthier. And then, really make physically activity more fun. Joan Lunden: Get out there and bicycle with them, or play tag with them, but get them off the sofa. Ann Albright: That’s it. Joan Lunden: That’s so difficult, but so important. Are children who have parents with type 2 diabetes more likely to also develop it? Ann Albright: Well certainly these things do run in families, but it also is important to note that if you establish these habits together they are much more likely to be sustained, so set a new norm as a family. Joan Lunden: Oh, I love that. Set a new norm. A lot of us need to work on that. Thank you so much, and it’s really wonderful though that families have this resource to turn to, because it is so important to the future of our youth to stop the diabetes epidemic from becoming even more prevalent. It really needs, though, to be addressed as a family affair. For more information visit cdc.gov/diabetesTV. Thanks for watching, I’m Joan Lunden. (music) Announcer: Sponsored by NACDD, with support from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetesTV.