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40 percent increase in Type 2 diabetes in those under 25 in the U.K.

Posted by: nv_admin on August 29, 2018

40 percent increase in Type 2 diabetes in those under 25 in the U.K

Latest figures from the National Health Service (NHS) show a 40 percent increase of Type 2 diabetes in those under 25 across the U.K.

These figures come just a month after Public Health England (PHE) reported that the proportion of severely obese children aged between 10 and 11 has reached its highest recorded levels.

Further analysis by the team at PHE also showed that around one in every 25 children is year 6 was severely obese.

Diabetes.co.uk suggests that sugar is the key reason why Type 2 diabetes continues to rise in children. With the abundance of sugar-fuelled food and drink choices, they say this is leading to sugar overload!

Those classified as severely obese drastically increase their risk of Type 2 diabetes which can lead to serious complications that include stroke, nerve and kidney damage, and amputations.

Children with Type 2 diabetes are likely to have their lives shortened by 10 or more years. This is an alarming figure when you consider the NHS reports 1 in 5 year 6 children are already obese.

“Their (children) chances of getting serious complications in their lifetime will be far greater than an adult with Type 2, because the will have that diabetes for several more decades,” says Professor Naveed Sattar, an expert in metabolic medicine from the University of Glasgow.

“They will be more obese to begin with, their sugar control is worsening faster, and we don’t tend to give them statins at a young age to protect their hearts – we don’t want to give strains to kids,” he adds.

Diabetes.co.uk share a piece of advice we should all be very aware of – a low sugar diet can prevent Type 2 diabetes from even developing. Those already with the condition are much more likely to recover when cutting sugar from their diet.

Further reading:
Diabetes.co.uk article

We know finding sugar-free treats for kids can be difficult. We’ve linked to some of our favourite sugar-free kids treats. Get the kids in the kitchen and whip up some deliciously health snacks.

Perfect for the lunch-box:
Choc Chip Cinnamon Muffins
Banana and Coconut bars
Passion fruit and Chia Slice
3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

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