Monthly Archives: September 2016

How Children Could Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

First, I’d like you to consider these facts:

From the American Diabetes Association (ADA,

– About 2 million adolescents ages 12-19 years old have pre-diabetes.
– About 1 in every 400-600 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes.
– 186,300 of 84 million (.22%) children under 20 years of age have diabetes.
– Someone is diagnosed with diabetes in the United States every 20 seconds.

From the Centers for Disease Control (

– Since 1990, type 2 diabetes has doubled in the children/adolescents population.
– Childhood obesity increases the risk for sleep apnea, bone and joint issues, increased risk of diabetes, increased risk for high blood pressure, increased risk for stress and psychological problems, as well as dyslipidemia (amount of fat in blood) and inflammation in the blood vessels.
– Type 2 diabetes is mostly seen in children/teens who are 10-19 years old, obese, show insulin resistance, and have a family history of the disease.

Study Shows Type 2 Diabetes Affects Children’s Learning

A study done at NYU Langone Medical Center showed reduced brain function in adolescents with type 2 diabetes. The children had reduced mental capacities in memory, judgment, reasoning, learning, spelling and reading ability. Obviously, school performance was decreased. The developing brain can be damaged due to multiple metabolic changes brought on by pre-diabetes and diabetes. Increased sugar and blood pressure leads to inflammation which causes changes to the young brain.

What Needs to Be Done?

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, aunt, uncle or coach, we call can play an important role in a child’s health. The current state of the health of our children is alarming. What is more alarming is much of the obesity, type 2 diabetes, early onset of cardiovascular disease and other child health issues IS PREVENTABLE. Here are my recommendations:

– Be Aware. Parents, teachers and pediatricians need to recognize warning signs and provide guidance to children. The first lady, Michelle Obama, has instituted the “Let’s Move” program to target childhood obesity and is considering it one of the goals of the Obama Administration.
– Know their Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI charts are used to screen for weight issues that could lead to chronic health problems.
– Replace juice drinks and sodas. Replace juice drinks and 100% juice with water or flavored, non-calorie waters. Liquid calories add up much faster than food calories. I recommend one 100% juice drink per day and soda only on occasion.
– Increase play time. Include one hour per day of real play with old-fashioned movement. Role playing, running, bicycling, family walks. (This is beneficial for parents and grandparents, too!)
– Limit video game, computer and TV time to 2 hours per day. Video games, hand held games, TV and computers cause children to be sedentary.
– Introduce health and nutrition talk at the dinner table. Make dinner a time to connect and learn from each other.
– Increase fruits and vegetables up to 9 servings a day. Try to limit box, bag or carton foods which have more sodium, fat, sugar and calories. If you cannot afford fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen options are still good sources of fiber, vitamins and nutrients.
– Allow children to participate in food preparation. This is can be fun and educational for children. Try different presentations of healthy foods to get children excited about wholesome food.

One of my most important recommendations is for parents and other adults to participate and lead by example. This is great for our children and we adults can stay healthy, too!

Anti Aging Nutrition

Your body is your temple, and what you give it nutritionally can have a vast impact on your health. As the body ages, many changes take place, and by taking in the proper vitamins and minerals, you can minimize the negative health effects that you experience as you grow older. In this article, we’ll mention some of the important nutrients that one needs to intake as they age to help keep in proper health.

As you age, your body’s ability to properly process the vitamins that you eat decreases. For that reason, it is important to increase the amounts of vitamins that you intake. Since osteoporosis occurs in those of an older age, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that your body gets enough Vitamin D. While those in their twenties only need to take in 200 IUs of Vitamin D per day, those aged 60 and above are recommended to take in about 600 IUs. The B-Vitamin Complex is also an important vitamin that our body loses the ability to process over time. A lack of B vitamins can lead to a risk for heart disease and possible memory loss, and for that reason, those of an older age need to make sure that they get all the B vitamins that they can get. Calcium is also a particularly important nutrient when it comes to aging; along with Vitamin D, it helps the bones to mineralize properly, warding off the effects of osteoporosis.

When it comes to actual foods that you should eat to avoid aging significantly, a diet that is high in both fruits and vegetables is recommended. Those who indulge in these types of foods often are found to have lower rates of disease as well as higher levels of energy and a healthier appearance. There are many reasons that these types of foods are recommended; most fruits and vegetables have no cholesterol, fat, or sodium, which are three harmful compounds that have a negative effect on health. In addition to the lack of bad substances found in fruits and vegetables, they are also rich in the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Practically every essential vitamin and mineral can be found throughout the fruit and vegetable world, and a minimum of five fruits and vegetables per day are recommended by the National Cancer Institute.

Anti-oxidants are also important when it comes to aging; this type of compound is useful in the way that it helps the body to protect itself against the harmful effects of free radicals, which are rogue cells that attack the cell membranes of your body, causing premature cell death. Many fruits and vegetables include anti-oxidants, including carrots and tomatoes.