How Children Could Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

First, I’d like you to consider these facts:

From the American Diabetes Association (ADA, diabetes.org):

– About 2 million adolescents ages 12-19 years old have pre-diabetes.
– About 1 in every 400-600 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes.
– 186,300 of 84 million (.22%) children under 20 years of age have diabetes.
– Someone is diagnosed with diabetes in the United States every 20 seconds.

From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov):

– Since 1990, type 2 diabetes has doubled in the children/adolescents population.
– Childhood obesity increases the risk for sleep apnea, bone and joint issues, increased risk of diabetes, increased risk for high blood pressure, increased risk for stress and psychological problems, as well as dyslipidemia (amount of fat in blood) and inflammation in the blood vessels.
– Type 2 diabetes is mostly seen in children/teens who are 10-19 years old, obese, show insulin resistance, and have a family history of the disease.

Study Shows Type 2 Diabetes Affects Children’s Learning

A study done at NYU Langone Medical Center showed reduced brain function in adolescents with type 2 diabetes. The children had reduced mental capacities in memory, judgment, reasoning, learning, spelling and reading ability. Obviously, school performance was decreased. The developing brain can be damaged due to multiple metabolic changes brought on by pre-diabetes and diabetes. Increased sugar and blood pressure leads to inflammation which causes changes to the young brain.

What Needs to Be Done?

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, aunt, uncle or coach, we call can play an important role in a child’s health. The current state of the health of our children is alarming. What is more alarming is much of the obesity, type 2 diabetes, early onset of cardiovascular disease and other child health issues IS PREVENTABLE. Here are my recommendations:

– Be Aware. Parents, teachers and pediatricians need to recognize warning signs and provide guidance to children. The first lady, Michelle Obama, has instituted the “Let’s Move” program to target childhood obesity and is considering it one of the goals of the Obama Administration.
– Know their Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI charts are used to screen for weight issues that could lead to chronic health problems.
– Replace juice drinks and sodas. Replace juice drinks and 100% juice with water or flavored, non-calorie waters. Liquid calories add up much faster than food calories. I recommend one 100% juice drink per day and soda only on occasion.
– Increase play time. Include one hour per day of real play with old-fashioned movement. Role playing, running, bicycling, family walks. (This is beneficial for parents and grandparents, too!)
– Limit video game, computer and TV time to 2 hours per day. Video games, hand held games, TV and computers cause children to be sedentary.
– Introduce health and nutrition talk at the dinner table. Make dinner a time to connect and learn from each other.
– Increase fruits and vegetables up to 9 servings a day. Try to limit box, bag or carton foods which have more sodium, fat, sugar and calories. If you cannot afford fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen options are still good sources of fiber, vitamins and nutrients.
– Allow children to participate in food preparation. This is can be fun and educational for children. Try different presentations of healthy foods to get children excited about wholesome food.

One of my most important recommendations is for parents and other adults to participate and lead by example. This is great for our children and we adults can stay healthy, too!

Greater Benefits For Health Professionals

The HSU NSW is an organization that was created for the sole purpose of serving in the best interests of health professionals and allied health workers Australia. The Health Services Union has been instrumental in bringing forward several new initiatives and benefits for those in varied professions associated with the healthcare industry in the country. The membership to this organization is open to professionals in both the private and public sectors. It is also applicable for those who work with the ACT, NSW, or NSW Ambulance service. The HSU also offers memberships to those who work in the sectors of aged care, disabilities, and finance, administration, food services, security, psychology, social work, interpreting, medical records, IT, etc. It also offers coverage for professionals in fields such as nuclear medicine, radiography, dentistry, dietetics, physiotherapy, pharmacy, etc. This ensures that a wide range of professionals who work in the healthcare sector are covered under this organization and enjoy the diverse benefits that arise from the membership.

Members are offered Continued Professional Development for free or at a hugely discounted rate. There is a very comprehensive online resource library which members have free access to. This library offers an exhaustive resource of the latest updates and news as well as classic references in different fields that members may be interested in.

Through the umbrella of the HSU NSW, health care professionals and allied health workers are able to collaborate and negotiate for better working conditions and other benefits. Standing together as a unit, there is greater strength and efficiency to achieve common goals than if it were worked for individually. This is one of the greatest advantages of joining the HSU.

One of the latest membership benefits is an indemnity insurance of up to $20 million which is offered as part of the membership. Other member benefits include journey insurance, worker’s compensation, education incentives, bereavement benefits, bonuses for signing up a friend or colleague, Jervis Bay holiday cabins, etc. All of these benefits have gone a long way to make life easier and smoother for members and their families. Whether it is to invest in higher education for one’s own career progression or that of a child, to plan a holiday with loved ones, or to seek legal counsel for a personal or professional matter, the organization helps its members with resources that make it easier to take the right decision and live a happier life.

How The World’s Healthiest People Live Life

Who is the best person to ask about the secret to staying young? Ask the experts- they can provide you with good advice that has been proven through years of experience.
So far, the people who live in Okinawa are said to be the healthiest people in the world. How do we come up with such data? Well for starters, it is in Okinawa where we can see the most number of people who have reached the age of 100 and above. Americans are three times less likely to achieve this age their population. Incidence of heart diseases is also relatively lower in Okinawa as compared to the U.S. Cases of breast and prostate cancer, colon and ovarian cancer; hip fractures are very minimal too.
Would you be interested to know their secret to a healthy and much longer life? It can be very simple and really easy.
Secret #1 is having a positive and optimistic outlook on life. Okinawans are happy go lucky people. They do not worry much; especially over small things that you really do not need to worry about. This makes then less likely to become stressed. At work, they work without pressuring themselves and they do things in a relaxed pace. These ways of life that is relaxed and free of stress is what experts believe have kept them healthy and alive longer.
Secret #2 is cultivating a strong relationship with people. A favorite activity of Okinawans is going out with their family and friends, to chat, laugh or just offer support. Studies have shown that people are healthier when they live an active social life. They actually have lower risk of getting sick.
Secret #3 is eating a healthy diet. The Okinawan diet consists of fish that has a high protein content and omega-3 oils and plant food that contains a large amount of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is actually very simple and wholesome. They also consume a relatively smaller amount of calories per day ? 500 to 1,000 calories less than that of what an average intake of an American is. A healthy and low calorie diet lessens their chances of becoming obese and gives them a healthier and longer life.
Secret # 4 is exercise. Most of the Okinawans exercise. They either do this by walking or working in their gardens at home or by doing tai chi, a traditional martial art.
Secret # 5 is avoid bad habits. You can only find a few old Okinawans who smoke and drink alcohol.
The sad truth is the future generations of Okinawans have less chances of living a healthy and longer life. The younger generation has become exposed to a modern and commercial diet. In fact, the younger generation already has a higher rate of obesity. Another health risk that the younger generation has taken is getting involved in bad health habits ? 60% of them are now smokers.
It would really make sense if the younger generation followed the example that the elder generation has shown. A positive attitude, strong interpersonal relationships, regular exercises, eating a wholesome and light diet, working with less pressure and stress, and free from the bad habits of smoking and alcoholic drinking. Simply put, this is the secret of the Okinawans on living a healthy, happy and longer life.