Thursday, April 06, 2006

Diabetes Prescriptions Double Among American Children

Another worrisome sign the health of American children is on the decline: The doubling of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes, based on a study by Express Scripts, one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in North America.

Type 2 diabetes prescriptions among children exploded between 2002-2005 from a disease that typically affects middle-age and older adults, not a huge surprise considering the CDC recently estimated 2 million American teens already suffer from pre-diabetes. Even worse, teens make up the much of that rise in prescriptions too.

Additionally, the number of type 1 diabetics prescriptions for kids rose some 26 percent and total diabetes meds climbed about 39 percent. Like obesity, diabetes is a very treatable condition without drugs, if they follow this three-step plan:

Start an exercise program today.
Retool their diet based on their body's unique metabolic type.
Get more sleep.

San Diego Union-Tribune April 4, 2006
Yahoo Finance April 4, 2006

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