OUR CHILDREN

4% of the kids population are now being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In the last 20 years, the increase in diagnosis has been staggering. As we get fatter and fatter our children suffer the most with a shortened life span and lower quality of life. It starts with insulin resistance(metabolic syndrome) and graduates to Type 2 diabetes.

“Diabetes and cardiovascular disease cause death and disability,” said Professor Paul Zimmet, Chair of the IDF Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention and co-author of the definition. “Almost 4 million deaths every year are a consequence of diabetes-related causes. And with diabetes set to reach 380 million people within a generation, the death toll can only rise. This is the first generation where children may die before their parents.”

Of course we can blame media, school systems and the environment on why they're consuming so much nutritionally deprived foods. But the truth is that we as adults are very bad examples to them. We don't work out, we don't cook at home anymore, we're stressed, depressed, overworked. They copy us.

A study conducted by The Children's Hospital in Philadelphia stated that there is a link between metabolic syndrome, and elevated liver enzymes that mark serious liver disease in children. www.medicalnewstoday.com

Did you know... if a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, by the time they are 18, they will have endured at least 18,980 finger pokes? www.cwdfoundation.org

If you're a parent reading this, it is crucial that you take control of your health and well being so your children can learn what to do. The longer you wait, the longer they suffer. Eat at least 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables every single day. Cut out all sugars. Take walks with them, swim, bike, hike. Guide them. Make it part of your children's life at home. It might be difficult at school, but you have access to your kids in the morning and afternoons and evenings.