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Three Year Old Recovers From Type 2 Diabetes

September 21, 2015 by  
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In what is possibly the youngest case, a three and a half year old girl has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. After treatment, she lost weight and the disease was reversed.

In Houston Texas, a three year old Hispanic girl was brought into her doctor for frequent urination. She weighed 77 pounds at the time and was in the top 5% for her age group. Her diet consisted of mainly sugary drinks and fast food. She also rarely exercised. Tests showed that she had high levels of blood glucose. After ruling out Type 1 diabetes, which is commonly diagnosed in young children, it was determined that she had developed Type 2 diabetes, which is also known as adult onset diabetes.

Her doctor put her on a liquid form of the medication Metformin and also put her on a diet. Now eating home cooked meals and exercising more often she has made a remarkable recovery. After 6 months she lost about 20 pounds and her blood glucose levels had dropped to normal levels without medication. This was exciting news, as it showed that Type 2 diabetes could be reversed in children if it is diagnosed early, and proper steps are taken to change eating and exercise habits.  

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic. People have become more sedentary. Sitting at desks all day and coming home to sit on the couch and watch tv or play video games. They have become disconnected with their food, and many no longer cultivate or prepare it. Eating healthy has become something we think we cannot afford, even though it is actually cheaper than eating out at high calorie, low nutrition restaurants. Fast food is too easy and is wrongly perceived as a cheaper option. We must evaluate our eating and exercise habits if we are to reverse the amount of people who will develop Type 2 diabetes. If we continue on our current course, 1 in 3 U.S. adults will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050. That is a scary and expensive thought.

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