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Lisa Allison
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« on: June 26, 2007, 08:05:14 PM »

Just HOW many wake-up calls do people need to realize this problem?  The cost of this now and the future health costs of this?  I was 25 before I ever heard the term "Type 2 Diabetes" which was when I started having blood sugar problems.  I took that as a wake-up call then and that was 20 years ago.  I knew I didn't want to become diabetic...

White U.S. children have highest rates of diabetes
Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:25PM EDT
By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Non-Hispanic white children have the highest rates of diabetes in the United States, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday, and the disease appears to be more common than expected.

They said type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children and teens, but they also noted increases in cases of type 2 diabetes, the kind linked with obesity and lack of exercise.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found about 15,000 youths are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year.

"We found more type 1 diabetes than we expected in whites, blacks and Hispanics," said Dr. Dana Dabelea of the University of Colorado in Denver, who led the study.

"Although the rates of type 2 diabetes are relatively low, we did find type 2 in all racial and ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic whites," she said in a telephone interview.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system goes haywire and starts attacking itself, destroying insulin-producing cells in the pancreas needed to control blood sugar. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections.

Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes. Type 2 formerly was called adult onset diabetes.

Dabelea said the study, which included 2,435 youths with newly diagnosed diabetes in 2002 and 2003, is the largest to measure the rate at which diabetes develops in people under 20.

"What we found is that type 1 diabetes is highest in non-Hispanic white children. The age group at which this disease peaks is around puberty," Dabelea said.

She found about one in 3,000 non-Hispanic white children in this age group develop type 1 diabetes each year, compared with one in about 5,000 African-American and Hispanic youths.

The rates are much lower, about 1 in 10,000, for Asian Pacific Islanders and American Indian children, she said.

"For type 2 diabetes, the picture is a little different," she said. "The age group with the highest incidence is adolescents -- 15- to 19-year-olds."

In this age group, American Indian children are hit hardest, with about one in 2,000 developing type 2 diabetes each year.

The study was designed to specifically look at type 2 diabetes in children in light of rising rates of obesity. The disease, which typically strikes overweight, inactive adults, develops when the body loses the ability to use insulin properly.

"We found overall the rates of type 2 diabetes in kids are relatively low," she said. "But 15 years ago, there was no type 2 diabetes in kids."

So while the number is not very high, it is becoming a problem. "In ethnic groups such as American Indians, it is a huge problem," she said.

Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes, which causes 5 percent of all deaths globally each year. Most have type 2, which can damage blood vessels, leading to loss of toes and limbs, blindness, heart disease and death.

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2007, 01:44:47 PM »

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Lisa

Thanks for explaining the difference between types 1 & 2 diabetes, I didn't know which was which and why.

Maybe the white kids are eating all the crap and the blacks and latinos are eating more home cooked meals.

yah think

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2007, 03:25:23 PM »

Maybe this has something to do with corn syrup being the number one ingredient in most prepared food. It is the number one ingredient in a brand name catsup, strawberry jam etc. I have started reading ingredients on labels and I have been totally shocked to put it mildly!!
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007, 12:54:50 PM »

Without going into a lot of detais, I was in the emergency room in Jersey City, NJ yesterday.  I was with someone being treated and of course had hours of time to spend watching the "true reality" as opposed to "TV reality" of the ER.  More than HALF of the people that came in had Diabetes.  Almost ALL of them were seriously over weight.  They are treated and their blood sugar levels are brought back to normal, and then released.   No one mentions diet, although they are asked what and when they last ate.  If I didn't know any better, I'd think that these people don't mind giving themselves daily injections. When I was running into blood sugar problems, I changed my diet!  The thought if giving myself a shot every day AND the additional health problems of diabetes, scared me enough to do the right thing.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 02:15:57 PM »

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When I was running into blood sugar problems, I changed my diet!

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ME TOO.

Few years back doctor told me that my blood sugar was getting up there and all I had to do was lose some weight to get it back down, so on the diet I went. Lost about 30 lbs, feel better. Recently my weight went up again and the same thing so lost about 20 this time. My sister has diabetes, daily injections, I tried to tell her for years about her weight, always some excuse. Too hard to lose weight, can't stop eating sugary stuff, so I guess it is easier to inject yourself daily than to be pro-active and do something about it.

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007, 06:51:04 PM »

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who DOESN'T want to do daily injections.

I had a bad gallbladder a few years back - pain, fever, etc.  When I heard the only option was surgery, but that changing my diet would take care of the problem, I changed the diet.  My doctor said very few people will do that.  To me, surgery is the LAST option.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 07:22:59 PM »

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I changed the diet.  My doctor said very few people will do that.

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It amazes me that what you say is true, unfortunately I have seen it with my own eyes.

My sister is a prime example, close friend the same, even ex-wife did the same thing. They would rather inject themselves daily, or have surgery than change their diets. Don't get me wrong I love food and my wife is a great cook but the thought of stabbing myself daily is enough to make me lose my appetite.

Maybe the brainwashing, addictive chemicals and additives have taken their toll on the majority of the population. Whatever the reason, probably the same people that believe the evening news.

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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2007, 11:50:12 AM »

Why just whites, I am a nurse and black children are afflicted with the same problems,

Let us face it, many are reluctant and or apprehensive to allow ch ildren to play alone outside, and, how many of us have streets that kiddos can play on. 

God forbid they play on the very green grass, sustained with chemicals.

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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2007, 08:40:39 PM »

I work in Jersey City and many of my co-workers (all different races), don't allow their children to play outside because it is not safe.  They will let them out to play as long as they are with them, but never alone.

Even non-city areas have dangers these days.  My cousin has her family in the county of NJ where I grew up (1960's) where it was safe to play outside and leave your doors unlocked.  She never lets her kids go out alone - they always have to be with one another or with other kids. 

Also, I've noticed that there is no required gym class in many schools these days.  When I grew up, it was required to take gym.
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