Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk

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Among kids, teens and young adults, private insurance claims for type 2 diabetes more than doubled from 2011 to 2015, according to a new paper from an organization that analyzes healthcare costs and insurance. Obesity claims also increased during this same time period.

The report from FAIR Health adds to the concerning data on obesity and diabetes among youth. While obesity among children has leveled off in recent years, the increase over the past several decades now means more than one in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

The findings hold concerning information on cancer risk as these youth may face many decades later. Read more… “Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk”

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    7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Kids

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    Still looking for holiday gifts for those little loved ones in your life? We have ideas, all health-focused. These gadgets and toys are one way to help kids move more and eat well, habits that can help keep them healthy as adults.

    And if you’re looking for health-focused gift ideas for your adult friends and family, we have those too.

    1. Hula hoops, lighted or not – This gift is for all ages. You can get one for you and one for your child so you can hoop together! Read more… “7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Kids”

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      How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients

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      One of my favorite things about fall is apple season. Apples are crisp and sweet and make for a great grab-and-go snack. They are also packed full of cancer-protective nutrients like fiber and the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.

      This year I decided to do something different with my bundle of apples and make homemade fruit leather. Fruit leather is a great snack for any age, but is a particularly good kid-friendly alternative to fruit rollups.

      Traditional fruit rollups contain almost no real fruit – the first two ingredients are corn syrup and sugar, followed by a small amount of fruit concentrate and a list of unknown additives (e.g. acetylated monoglycerides). Read more… “How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients”

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