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  1. Kathy
    Kathy December 19, 2011 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    Shout out to Children’s where I was diagnosed type 1 D in 1983. Children’s has many low income programs and outreach projects so every kid in Chicago who needs them has access. End of commercial :)

  2. chrystal
    chrystal December 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm | | Reply

    I am happy there are people out there that realize Type 2 diabetes is appearing in children and young adults.

    Now if we can get the rest of the Type 1 community to realize there are Type 2 children then we can really spread the wealth around. Teenagers with Type 2 are facing severe heart disease problems and high blood pressure. This is more dangerous.

    I would like to see more studies done on the genetics of diabetes because not all Type 2 in child is soley because of food intake and video games.

  3. Natalie
    Natalie December 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm | | Reply

    If I were a child or teen with Type 2, I’d really resent all this emphasis on fruitsandvegetables, grains and exercise when I was seeing all my friends gorge on all the “bad” stuff, and not exercise any more than I did.

    I’m lucky in that I’m neither a child, nor do I have Type 2, and my reaction to the opinions presented in this article is, that we need LOTS more research on the causes of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and a whole lot less preaching. If fast food, soda, and lack of exercise were really the causes of Type 2, why doesn’t EVERY child who engages in these behaviors become obese and why doesn’t every obese child or teen get Type 2? I’m tired of the stereotype, which Allison was careful to label as such, but was supported in all the opinions offered.

  4. AmyT
    AmyT December 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm | | Reply

    @Natalie – this post is NOT perpetuating stereotypes or laying blame. Rather, we’ve given voice to some of the country’s top experts in childhood obesity and T2 diabetes in young people.

    You may have noticed the recurring theme of family behavior. Families that regularly overeat, eat unhealthy foods, and are physically inactive run into more health troubles, period.

    Clearly, anyone who “gorges” on anything (especially the ‘bad stuff’) is going to run into health problems, too.

    I’m wondering what your actual beef is here…? When you say we need more research, are you implying that there’s some magical cause that does not include eating habits?

  5. Natalie
    Natalie December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | | Reply

    Amy, I am NOT implying there’s some “magical” cause. I’m stating that there is more and more genetic evidence showing that both obesity and Type 2 are VERY strongly inherited, not synonymous, and that placing the blame on the family evades the issue of the interaction between our societal and corporate pressures and our genetic heritage.

    First, while there is an overlap between Type 2 and obesity, they are genetically very different. Type 2 has been associated with the following SNPs: IGF2B2, CKDAL1, CDKN2A, CDKN2B, TCF7L2 (a major contributor), SLC#0*A HHEX, FTO, PPARG and KCNJ11.

    On the other hand, obesity is associated with BMIQ1-6, INSIG2, TMEM18, GNDPA2, NEGR1, BDNF, KTCD15, SH2B1, MTCH2, PCSK1 NPC1 and FTO.

    Notice that the only shared SNP is FTO.

    There is also evidence of gut, adipose and brain hormone malfunction in obesity, probably caused by these genetic mutations, and the research I’m advocating is learning how to correct the malfunctions. Obese teens don’t eat any differently from their slim friends, and while it would probably be healthier for EVERYONE to eat more vegetables and protein, the slim ones can get away with the high-sugar drinks and snacks, and those with an obesity-prone genome can’t. So let’s stop blaming the family, and look for a way to correct the genetic malfunctions — gluttony and sloth are NOT the culprits.

  6. AmyT
    AmyT December 21, 2011 at 10:31 am | | Reply

    It’s not about BLAMING anyone, Natalie… we’re talking about how to help people develop healthier lifestyle habits.

    And do you really believe that obese people don’t eat any differently than their slimmer counterparts? Really, really? You probably need to take a closer look at the research and data on that. ‘Nuff said.

  7. KG
    KG December 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | | Reply

    I’m with Natalie on this one. The article states in multiple places from said “experts” that a healthier lifestyle will ward off the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

    For someone to be a Type 2 diabetic, they need the genetic compounds. It is still being checked to see if people “become Type 2 diabetic” because of obesity, or if it’s the other way around: People become overweight BECAUSE OF TYPE 2.

    We know that Type 2 is insulin resistance, causing the body to have an excess of insulin in the body. We also know that insulin is stored in fat cells. And if insulin is stored in fat cells, it stands to reason that a person would become obese because THEY ALREADY HAVE TYPE 2 diabetic tendencies.

    Having a healthy lifestyle would help to lessen the amount of medication they would need to keep their bodies healthy, but will not save them from the disease diagnosis. I understand that everyone should exercise, everyone should eat healthy, everyone should be active on a daily basis and limit food intake to solely what they will burn off in the day’s time. However, if we’re going to point fingers at a healthy lifestyle, this article should not be focused on diabetics alone.

    The link between obesity and Type 2 needs to stop. It is spreading shame where it doesn’t belong. It is spreading myths and allowing stereotypes to continue.

  8. Natalie hodge
    Natalie hodge December 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | | Reply

    Ditto… Amy…

    Healthy lifestyle may well eliminate type two diabetes!

    What are you people talking about?

    Type two diabetes is absolutely preventable!

    Endocrinologists see these kids only when it is too late.

    I saw a 10 year old with acanthosis Nigricans this week…

    Things are bad out there and getting worse by the year.

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    1. Natalie hodge
      Natalie hodge December 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm | | Reply

      Kids develop type two diabetes because they eat too much food… Period.

      Focusing on the genetics will distract us from the work we have ahead of us…

      Natalie hodge md faap

  9. martinabbi
    martinabbi January 10, 2012 at 3:25 am | | Reply

    Approximately 25.8 million children and adults, or roughly 8% of the population, has diabetes.This is an extremely high number, and is likely to go up as America continues to grapple with the obesity pandemic currently facing our nation. Diabetes leads directly to many other significant ailments, and costs our nation hundreds of billions of dollars as a disease each year. It’s also a very dangerous condition to have, as it is the leading cause of blindness among adults, among various other side effects.

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