Childhood Obesity…Now Comes Diabetes!

August 7, 2006

Imagesdfghjj With the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, it is expected that there will be a concomitant rise in the prevalence of obesity related diseases like diabetes.  And here comes this new study that proved our fear.  Published in  Diabetes in Control from Express Scripts of May, 2006… is the first study that looked at the number of diabetes med prescriptions among children between ages 5 to 19 years old.

The results are alarming:

A Doubling in the number of prescriptions

between 2002 to 2005!

On further analysis: the increase in the use of diabetes drugs was most pronounced in children 10–14 years ( the pubertal stage), with a dramatic rise of 106% during the study period.  Likewise, the treatment for type 2 diabetes was most prevalent among those 15–19 years, growing from 0.6 to 1.2 per thousand suggesting the need for us parents and health care professionals to do our share of helping these kids! 

With the rise in obesity comes diabetes…then comes the complications of obesity and diabetes and then comes the disabilty… Let’s stop the process to go on!

Before Diabetes Sets In… Lets

Fight Childhood Obesity!

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5 Responses to “Childhood Obesity…Now Comes Diabetes!”

  1. maxim Says:

    This is very alarming indeed. Education on this should really start within the family. I think schools should also take part in the education on this rising scourge. How many of our schools are actively campaigning on the problem of childhood obesity?

  2. maxim Says:

    I wish to forward this website to my firends Doc. Is this possible? I am fully aware that this could help a lot in your noble campaign of health education.

  3. Doc Gerry Says:

    Thanks Maxim… thats a complement. That’s really the purpose of this blog. I enjoy writing the posts and more so rewarding if people read them and learn from them. The more people read my posts the more reason I have to continue this endeavor and educate the public thru this blog.

    Withe regard to your question on school campaign…The Power of Prevention of the American College of Endocrinology is a good start. The AACE Philippine chapter where I am an officer will definitely implement this educational tool hopefully to schools all over the country.

  4. maxim Says:

    The concept of the “Power of Prevention” is a novel and potent one. I would look forward to its successful launch and implementation.

  5. Doc Gerry Says:

    Max I know our readers will also be interested in your blog of Poetry… so I am writing it down here: http://www.maxim-poetry.blogs.friendster.com.

    Likewise, you can put this site address once you comment on my post under the blank with URL or http: box so readers can go to your blog site too.

    Thanks again for your nice comments.


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