SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - According to Cleveland Clinic, doctors are finding that type 2 diabetes is growing rapidly in children in the United States.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found the number of young people (ages 10-19) diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has increased nearly 5% each year between 2000 and 2012.
Parents can take a few simple steps to ensure your child leads a healthier life:
-Talk about good food choices
-Keep healthy food and snacks in the house
-Eat more fruit and vegetables
-Eat less processed carbohydrates, such as cookies and candy
-Eat fewer processed and fast foods
-Replace sugary drinks with water
It's important to remember that children and teens need 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
To make it fun, go for a bike ride with the entire family or take a walk around the park.
When the whole family participates, it will help reinforce good habits.
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