The Latest From Juvenile Diabetes Research

Health shows are abuzz with alarm over how juvenile diabetes research finds that children who have high blood pressure, a cholesterol problem and weight issues, are very likely to develop Type II diabetes as soon as they enter adulthood. If you are a parent, this should alarm you too. Scientists have been trying to work out all the consequences that are to be expected from the child obesity epidemic we are going through right now. Doctors classify a child is having a metabolic syndrome when they see a bunch of really unhealthy trends in certain high risk areas. If there is high blood pressure, not enough good cholesterol, fat around the tummy, triglycerides that are running amok and high blood glucose, it tells them that a child is on his way to juvenile diabetes. About 20 years ago, it was unheard of for a child to come down with diabetes. Now, it isn’t uncommon.

Even with all this juvenile diabetes research though, it’s kind of hard for doctors to accurately identify kids with a metabolic syndrome. Other doctors feel that it doesn’t really make sense to diagnose a child in this way, because there’s no telling how many kids diagnosed thus might go on to develop full-blown diabetes.

New juvenile diabetes research published in the Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine seems to be right on cue to change all that. In new reports published in that journal, they’ve used surveys tracking thousands of children with metabolic syndrome and found that there certainly is a way to predict the onset of full-blown diabetes if a child has the metabolic syndrome while still very young. 20% is the figure they’ve arrived at. Having a parent with type II diabetes sends up a child’s risk of developing it himself too.

So what does this mean – should parents be taking their children in to have their hemograms done when they are still five? Perhaps not. But you could keep an eye on a few things. According to the latest juvenile diabetes research, they recommend that you keep an eye on your child’s blood pressure. You should be sure that your pediatrician takes your child’s blood pressure each time you make a visit with your child. If that doesn’t seem normal to you, you can just take a casual reading when you happen to stop by at the pharmacy.

It’s absolutely vital that you know your child’s body mass index. Calculating the BMI of your child is easy. You just use the CDC’s childhood and Teen BMI calculator. If your child is healthy, the BMI rated should fall somewhere between the 5th and 85th percentile. Of course, if one of your child’s parents has type II diabetes, that raises your child’s risk of coming into that himself. If you find yourself in doubt or any of these issues, it’s time for you to stop by at your pediatrician’s.