You may not be aware of it, but today is World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is a growing health issue, especially among children and teens. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in nine adults has diabetes today and, if the current trend continues, one in three will be diabetic by the year 2050!
Often, we associate diabetes with people who are overweight, sedentary and on “junk food” diets. These lifestyle choices certainly increase the risk, but even people who don’t exhibit any of these “outward” signs can be candidates for diabetes. For teens, this is especially an issue.
At particular risk for becoming diabetic are people who neglect exercise and regulate weight almost entirely through food choices alone. It turns out that exercise is one of the best ways to lower blood sugar. Even moderate exercise can cause muscles to consume glucose at nearly 20 times the normal rate. In addition, exercise is a great way to shed what’s called “visceral” fat. This is the fat that accumulates around your organs and is not generally visible on the outside.
The best way to beat this threat to long term health is to start early. Children develop eating and lifestyle choices early in life and then tend to carry those “habits” into adulthood. By creating a family environment where regular physical activity is normal, and healthy eating is preferred, we can help create healthy habits for our children.
Having said that, it is never too late to start living healthier. You may want to check out our FREE eBook titled, Do You Wish Your Kids Ate Healthier? The Sure Fire Way to Get Your Whole Family Craving Healthy Food. You can download it by clicking here.
Remember, healthy choices each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?