HeartWire recently reported on new diabetes research released this week at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia. The data show a surge in the number of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus cases in the U.S. and globally.
Although researchers are struggling to understand the sudden spike in DM1, which is not preventable and still relatively rare, I am not at all surprised at the more than 21-percent increase in DM2 among teens.
Stats from the SEARCH study, launched in 2000 to track the prevalence of new diabetes cases, show the prevalence of DM2 increased by 21 percent from 2001 to 2009 among Americans younger than 20 years old. The lifetime risk for DM2 in all children born after 2000 is now one in three, and I see no reason for this to be changing; these projections are bearing out. When adults eat and drink the wrong food groups, children will usually follow their lead. And many food manufacturers promote too much food and the wrong food groups.
Sadly, we will likely continue to see 10- to 20-percent increases in DM2 in all children, adolescents and young adults every one to four years. The SEARCH registry is being conducted in five centers in the U.S. and is expected to continue at least through 2015.
Dia-obesity, or “Diabesity,” has been a popular catchphrase for many years now. This WebMD video explains the buzzword as it relates to metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.
- Dysmetabolic waist
ALL equal cardiometabolic risk.
This unhealthy “sugar” consumption, low fiber consumption and lack of healthy fats and proteins results in diabesity. Let’s focus on the new messages:
- “Move your muscles, not your mouth.”
- “Fiber is your friend.”
- “Moderation in calories and food portions is crucial.”
- “Don’t super-size yourself.”
- “Don’t skip a healthy breakfast the most important meal of the day.”