Let’s tackle Type 2 Diabetes together.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada, which is a movement focused on tackling type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Are you ready for a startling statistic? 35 years ago, type 2 diabetes did not exist among children and youth. But today, 1 in 3 people under the age of 18 will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
If we can work to prevent something, why wouldn’t we pull together our resources to attack a growing epidemic head-on? Well, we are. We’re taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes through a joint CCHF hospital initiative called Meant2Prevent.
We know hospitals are making this a priority, but how can families make a difference in the lives of their children? According to research conducted by Diabetes Canada, type 2 diabetes is a highly heritable condition, with 90% of children and youth affected having a first- or second-degree relative who also has type 2 diabetes (4). This means health habits, education and prevention starts in the home.
To find family-friendly recipes, information regarding limiting screen time and sleep habits visit Resources for Families.