Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Children increasingly face adult diseases

Children increasingly face adult diseases

Children are increasingly becoming afflicted with diseases that were previously confined mostly to adults. This alarming observation is happening because of the western lifestyle of high sugar, low fat diet coupled with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Genetics is also playing a larger role in this increase. The incidence of diabetes and high cholesterol is increasing in children with one in three of the current 4-year-olds in America expected to develop Type II diabetes by the time they reach adolescence or early adulthood. 60% of current adolescents are expected to enter adulthood with at least two risk factors of heart disease. These two diseases are expected to increase the incidence of conditions such as heart attack, blindness, stroke and amputations. Factors other than diet are also believed to be linked to this escalating health crisis. Some believe that inflammation or possibly an immune response may result from the body responding to the high level of antibacterial soaps and cleaning products that abound in most people's lifestyles. Parents and children need to be aware that many cases of Type II diabetes can be cured by eating properly and exercising. Researchers are horrified by the increase in incidence of metabolic syndrome which involves a group of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol which lead to diabetes, arterial disease and heart and kidney disease. The prevalence rate of metabolic syndrome in adolescents has risen from 4.2% (1964) to 6.4% (1994). Even children who are within the normal weight range may be prone to high cholesterol or high blood pressure due to diet or genetics.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Enquirer - Cincinnati

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Children increasingly face adult diseases

Date: 19 December 2004

Source: The Enquirer - Cincinnati

Author: Krista Ramsey


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • High cholesterol and blood pressure may be linked to dementia
  • High cholesterol in women needs to be given more attention
  • High cholesterol reduced by exercising and consuming plant sterols
  • High fat diets can cause cognitive decline
  • High fibre diet
  • High folate intake may reduce high blood pressure
  • High GI foods increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • High incidence of brain tumours and lung cancer amongst people with mental illness is explained
  • High levels of vitamin C in breast milk linked to lower allergy risk
  • High numbers of children with asthma remain undiagnosed
  • High pressure may be reduced by a protein found in milk
  • High proportion of American adolescents with depression
  • High protein diet may be the answer for type 2 diabetes sufferers
  • High risk of injury in pregnancy

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise