DIABETES…OH NO!

LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM DEVELOPING DIABETES. …..

 

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ guidelines, when incorporated with lifestyle changes, balanced macronutrient diets at 900 to 1200 kcal per day are associated with both short- and long-term improvements in weight status and body composition in children 6 to 12 years of age.3 The following dietary recommendations  are encouraged in order to reduce calorie intake and to promote weight loss in children: (1) eating regular meals and snacks; (2) reducing portion sizes; (3) choosing calorie-free beverages, except for milk; (4) limiting juice to 1 cup per day; (5) increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables; (6) consuming 3 or 4 servings of low-fat dairy products per day; (7) limiting intake of high-fat foods; (8) limiting frequency and size of snacks; and (9) reducing calories consumed in fast-food meals.3Children and adolescents with T2DM  are encouraged to engage in moderate-to-vigorous exercise for at least 60 minutes daily and to limit screen time to less than 2 hours per day.

 

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