Diabetes trends among American youth shows the prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 increased among young people substantially over the past decade, according to medical research published in the China Medical Tribune.
Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood sugar, either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
Diabetes affects Asians in unique ways. Asians are 2.26 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than Caucasians, said Greeshma Shetty, staff clinician at the Joslin Diabetes Center and part of the center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative. Shetty spoke at the State of Asian Women’s Health in Massachusetts conference on May 29.
There are two major types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is a condition that the body stops producing insulin completely. In the case of type 2 diabetes, the body is either unable to produce insulin and/or not be able to use insulin properly. Up to 95 percent of the diabetes found in those of Asian American descent is type 2 diabetes.
Walking was a trial for Yong Lin, 76. After a knee replacement and back surgery, he frequently had swollen legs and difficulty moving.
Today, Lin walks faster than all his friends and can extend both knees completely. “Every day, I do more than an hour of exercise,” he said.
Have you ever thought about your high blood sugar being linked to daily intake of soft drinks and processed foods? A study published in Metabolism May 2012 issue shows that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener commonly used in manufactured foods and beverages, may link to a variety of health issues such as diabetes and metabolic effects.