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Expert blames rise in Type 2 diabetes in children on poor diet, sedentary lifestyle

Expert blames rise in Type 2 diabetes in children on poor diet, sedentary lifestyle
Written by Maritime First

…As Council Chairman cautions against slaughtering of sick cows for consumption***

A Diabetologist (a specialist in treatment of diabetes), Mr Chima Adindu, of the Apex Diabetics Center, Jos, has blamed the rise in Type 2 diabetes among children on poor diet mentality and sedentary lifestyle.

Adindu disclosed this to the newsmen on Monday in Jos.

He said that in the past, Type 1 Diabetes was prevalent in children as a result of  the child’s body immune system which usually fought harmful bacteria and viruses’ and mistakenly destroyed the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.

According to him, Type 2 diabetes occur mostly in adults; “however the  reverse is the case now, as type 2 diabetes is now on the rise among children due to change in diet and more sedentary lifestyles which trigger overweight and obesity”.

The specialist lamented that most children now fed on junk and highly processed foods and were usually inactive, which predisposed them to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“Most parents give their children highly processed foods which are usually high in sugar, trans fats and void of fiber, vegetables and fruit,” he said.

He said that such overweight children were more likely to have insulin resistance, which was a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.

He called on parents to revert to the traditional meals which were usually high in fiber and consisted of vegetables and to ensure that their children ate more of fruits and vegetables and less processed meals.

The diabetologist further blamed sedentary lifestyle as a factor responsible for the rise in Type 2 diabetes in children.

He said most children left home very early to school and spend about 10 hours to 12 hours in school and they hardly go out for any sporting activity.

He urged parents and schools to ensure that their children engaged in more outdoor activities such as sports to do away with the sedentary way of life.

Adindu also recommended breast feeding to mothers as current researches had shown that babies who were introduced to infant formulas early in life were also susceptible to developing type 1 diabetes.

Also read:  Gestational Diabetes: Expert recommends regular exercise, balanced diet

In the meantime, Alhaji Abdulrahman Maigoro, the Chairman of Keffi Local Government in Nasarawa State, has cautioned meat sellers in the area against the slaughtering of sick cows for consumption.

Maigoro gave the advice when he paid an unscheduled visit to Kara Cattle Market in Keffi on Monday.

He said that the visit was to inform them of the negative health implications of slaughtering sick animals for consumption and officially introduce Alhaji Uba Labour to them as the council’s consultant to the market.

He said the council would tackle any challenge facing the market because of the market’s importance to the its revenue generation drive.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to members of this market to always sell healthy meat for human consumption.

“If you sell healthy cattle, this will go a long way in improving the living standard of the people,” he said.

Maigoro also urged the butchers to always keep their abattoir clean in the interest of the health of their customers.

He reminded them that a clean environment would always attract more customers and ensure their safety.

The chairman restated his determination to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the area so as to boost the council’s socio-economic activities.



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