With diabetes becoming more prevalent among youngsters, diabetologists are raising a pertinent question: are your children playing every day?
Senior diabetologist Dr. V.R.Subbiah says that diabetes is a genetic disorder that needs vigil right from childhood. “What children eat and how they while away time at home are very important,” he said.
“Education and sports activities must go together. It is shocking to see that several schools in the city do not have adequate facilities for games and sports. It is time schools also joined diabetes awareness campaigns and tell children to keep their bodies fit,” he added.
Dr.Subbiah makes it a point to tell parents that they should ensure their child is sweating it out every day. “Chubbiness is not a sign of good health. Children must not be confined to computers and television. Physical activity is important from childhood and it helps them in the long run,” he said.
If a parent is diabetic, then there is an 80 to 85 per cent chance of children becoming diabetic. It is even worse if both the parents are ‘sugar’ patients.
Junk food should be avoided by children. “Fifty per cent of treatment for diabetes control and prevention is physical exercise. Drill and diet decide diabetes,” he reiterated.
Dr.A.J. Asirvatham of GRH pointed out that obesity raises the risk of diabetes. Pizzas and saturated fat foods increase the probability of high sugar levels. “I see people walking briskly in the parks to reduce their calories. But they end up eating a plate of oily ‘vada’ soon after.”