It can be extremely shocking and utterly heartbreaking to hear stories regarding the youth and deadly diseases. But when we do, it reminds the public that there are indeed severe situations out there that we need to be made aware of for our own well-beings. And when it comes to the global obesity epidemic, it's entirely important for us to listen and learn in order to stop what is happening in its tracks.
Type 2 diabetes often times goes hand in hand with obesity. In fact, 90 percent of people diagnosed with the condition are overweight or obese. Currently, the youngest known case of the condition is a 3-year-old.
The Hispanic child went to the University of Text Health Science Center for an evaluation by specialist Dr. Michael Yafi, and was found to have the typical symptoms associated with diabetes, which are excessive thirst and increased urination. The child's Body Mass Index was in the top 5 percent of children her age, and she weighed 35 kilograms (77 pounds). Both of her parents are also obese, though they do not have the condition themselves. Yafi spoke with them to determine how lifestyle may have had an effect on their child's condition, and their poor lifestyle choices, including their eating habits consisting of an excess amount of calories and fat, came to the surface.
The young girl was given a series of tests to determine if there may be other factors that led to her condition other than poor eating habits and lack of activity, but none were found. She also didn’t have any antibodies in her blood that could indicate Type 1 diabetes. She was then diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
After her visit, the young child was sent home with medication, while her parents were informed of the proper nutrition and physical activity that needed to be implemented into her life. After six months of bettering her health through calorie-controlled meals and increased exercise, the young child's blood glucose levels returned to normal. She also lost nearly 9 kilograms (20 pounds). The result? Her diabetes actually reversed, and there was no longer any need for medication.
This type of story should serve as both inspiration as well as a wakeup call that proper nutrition and regular exercise ought to be staples in everyone's lives.
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Source: IFL Science
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