Keeping Diabetes At Bay for The Little Ones

November 14th, 2017

Diabetes, once thought to be an age-related condition, is now casting its net at a younger demographic. A 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that rates of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have increased significantly among American children, with an increase of 21 percent in the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children aged up to nine years between 2001 and 2009. Dr Daphne Gardner, consultant at the Department of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital, says Type 2 diabetes affects up to 90 percent of those with diabetes, while Type 1 diabetes is more often seen in childhood. Type 1 happens when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, causing high blood sugar levels when it cannot travel from the blood to the cells. With diabetes figures expected to rise, prevention is better than cure. As much as our little ones enjoy decadent chocolate fondant cakes, cotton candy, and milo dinosaur, diabetes can lead to other life-threatening ailments as they grow up. It’s time to declare war on diabetes for your little one’s health! Purposefully cutting sugar from our meals may not be difficult, but snacks and beverages may contain excessive amounts of sugar that may inadvertently increase our sugar intake. Help your kids make informed choices by going for food options that have reduced sugar. Need a snack? Replace those sugary Maltesers with dark chocolate-coated fruits like bananas and blueberries. Coating strawberries with your favourite yoghurt and freezing them also makes for a yummy morsel – your little ones are also taking their daily serving of fibre in the process. Let’s face it – we’ve been so used to eating sugary foods with reckless abandon that making a switch to a diet with less sugar takes time and effort. Start […]

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