Prevention of Type II Diabetes

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Every single day millions of people are bypassing simple steps to prevent Type II diabetes. As of January 2011, 25.8 million children and adults have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes (American Diabetes Association). Type II diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar levels due to a malfunction within the body to properly use insulin. The role of insulin is to lower and control blood sugar levels so they do not get too high. After people are diagnosed with Type II diabetes they have to immediately start taking care of it before it progresses into another serious disease, such as heart disease or kidney disease. Type II diabetes is irreversible and will have to be taken care of daily. Specifically, diet and exercise are proven to reduce the symptoms or completely prevent Type II diabetes. Within the next few years the diagnoses of Type II diabetes is expected to double. If people adapt to a healthy lifestyle they can slow down or prevent the progression of Type II diabetes.

Type II diabetes is more common in people over the age of sixty, but the younger generation is becoming more prone to this disease. It is estimated that roughly one in 400 under the age of twenty have Type II diabetes, which is about 0.26% of the population (American Diabetes Association). According to the WebMD article “Type II Diabetes in Children” the biggest risk factor for developing childhood Type II diabetes is being overweight. Child obesity is an increasing epidemic that affects 1 out of 5 children in the United States alone. A few of the reasons why child obesity is a growing problem are unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, inherited tendency of Type II diabetes, or a rare hormonal problem. Of the children diagnosed with Type ...

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