Diabetes

Latest studies state that one in three kids who are born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. About 176,500 people under age 20 have diabetes. Approximately one in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents has Type 1 diabetes and though Type 2 diabetes has been a disease mainly affecting overweight adults, with the childhood obesity epidemic prevalent in our country more children and adolescents are showing up with Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. As well, Type 2 diabetes occurs more commonly in certain racial and ethnic groups such as African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and some Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Overweight children are especially at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes if coupled with two other risk factors such as familial cholesterolemia, ethnic propensity, or hypertension. “The Chad Foundation Expanded Cardiovascular Screening Program” includes cholesterol/ glucose tests with a single fingerstick, utilizing state-of-the- art equipment and highly qualified and trained physicians, technicians and nurses and we target the indigent areas where many of these at-risk children lives. Developing diabetes at an early age increases children’s risk for potentially serious health problems such as kidney failure, heart disease and blindness. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that one way for the prevention of heart disease in adults is to screen children at an early age for premature cardiovascular risk factors. Healthy lifestyle changes in children’s diet and exercise routines can lower the risk of developing diabetes and its attendant complications. For additional information, visit the American Diabetes Association.