Diabetes In Children
We are witnessing an increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes among children, thanks to the poor lifestyle choices and unhealthy eating habits. In India, an estimated 10 per cent of children as young as 5 years of age are pre-diabetic, according to Dr. Nalini Saligram – Founder & CEO, Arogya World.
Arogya World is a US-based global health non-profit organization working to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs), through health education and lifestyle change.
According to Dr. Saligram, some factors contributing to increased diabetes rates among children in India include modern sedentary lifestyles, increasing dependence on convenience foods, and widespread availability of cheap unhealthy foods.
“Diabetes is largely preventable and for prevention to be successful we must start young,” she stated.
To reduce the risk of getting diabetes, children should be taught the value of right eating and encouraged to follow healthy lifestyle habits. Dr. Saligram suggested that children should be taught the following healthy eating habits to prevent diabetes.