According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (2017c) Individuals can delay and possibly prevent the disease by losing a small amount of weight (5 to 7 percent of total body weight) through 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week and healthier eating. Prevention is a necessary component of type II diabetes and while exercise is an important step in controlling diabetes the most critical step in preventing type II diabetes could be the type of foods individuals consume on a daily basis.
Nutritionfacts.org – How to Prevent Prediabetes from Turning into Diabetes
Can children get type II diabetes?
In 2015, the European Association for the study of Diabetes in Stockholm, Sweden reported on a 3-year-old American Hispanic girl who was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. The family had a history of obesity, but not diabetes. The authors, Yafi, and Collins, (2015) wrote that the family had “poor family nutritional habits with uncontrolled counting of calories and fat” (p. 152). With proper lifestyle changes, a nutrition education and exercise routine, along with medication the child’s condition reversed. Within 6 months of starting this intervention the child’s medication was reduced and eventually no medication was needed. Currently, this is the youngest reported case of type II diabetes ever recorded according to Yafi, and Collins, (2015).
Nutritionfacts.org – How to Prevent Prediabetes in Children
Can diabetes be prevented?
According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention, ([CDC], 2017c) 150 minutes of physical activity a week in addition to a healthy eating pattern can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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