Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic in Children

Type 2 Diabetes: Your Child's Risk

Type 2 diabetes runs in families. In part, this tendency is due to children learning bad habits eating a poor diet, not exercising--from their parents. But there is also a genetic basis.

In general, if you have type 2 diabetes, the risk of your child getting diabetes is 1 in 7 if you were diagnosed before age 50 and 1 in 13 if you were diagnosed after age 50.

Some scientists believe that a child's risk is greater when the parent with type 2 diabetes is the mother. If both you and your partner have type 2 diabetes, your child's risk is about 1 in 2.

People with certain rare types of type 2 diabetes have different risks. If you have the rare form called maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), your child has almost a 1-in-2 chance of getting it, too.

I searched high and low for good educational media, ie: videos, animation, cartoons that are well designed, get the information across and aren't BORING...but here's the best I could come up with.
An endocrinologist at Children's Hospital gives a straight forward informational talk about:

1. What Type 2 diabetes is?
2. How do kids get it? What are the signs?
3. How to prevent it.

If you have 4 minutes, you should def watch it.

So, this my friends is the best I could come up with and I'm sharing it with you. I hope to create some better media that is well designed and would appeal to a wider audience of people with shorter attention spans. I know, sad but true. Think Handy Manny meets Sesame Street meets this guy.

An easy yet loaded solution: Better Diet and Exercise starting at Birth.
A straight-forward but loaded cause: Children inherit diabetes from parents.

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