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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.


I hope you and yours had a great holiday season. It's the
New Year and it's time to work off all of that holiday

In my experience I find it's best to ease into a new
exercise and/or diet regimen. A few years ago I tried to
over-exert myself in a intense workout program and it sent
me into a downward spiral.

I couldn't keep my blood-sugar under control. My numbers 
were constantly fluctuating. I talked to my doctor and 
did my own research and it seemed that easing into a new 
diet/exercise combo was the right way to go.  

If you're worried about what to do consult your physician. 

Have a great New Year and take care of yourself.


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Impact of Soda in Childhood Seen in Adolescence

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young children who load up on 
sugary soft drinks risk developing signs of heart disease 
and diabetes in adolescence, according to a long-term study 
in which doctors followed a group of girls from 5 to 13 
years of age. 

"Parents should be aware that diet and lifestyle choices 
during early childhood have an impact on later disease 
risk," study chief Alison K. Ventura told Reuters Health. 
"In this study we are seeing the effects of these choices 
during early adolescence." 

"Additionally, parents should be aware of early risk 
factors (e.g., accelerated weight and fat mass gain) that 
appear to predict disease risk later on," added Ventura, 
who is a doctoral candidate at Penn State's Center for 
Childhood Obesity Research. 

Ventura and two colleagues have identified "risk profiles" 
for metabolic syndrome in adolescence, based on their study 
of 154 white non-Hispanic girls. 

Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a cluster 
of traits linked to the development of heart disease and 
diabetes in adults, such as high blood sugar, overweight 
and obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), and high 
triglycerides combined with low "good" HDL cholesterol. 

Ventura explained that, based on these indicators for 
metabolic syndrome, girls can be classified into 1 of 4 
groups: (1) a lower risk group, showing healthy values on 
all indicators; (2) a "dyslipidemia risk" group, showing 
high triglycerides and low HDL, but normal weight status; 
(3) a hypertension risk group, showing high blood pressure 
and waist circumference values; and (4) a higher metabolic 
syndrome risk group, showing values close to or meeting 
the metabolic syndrome criteria for adolescents. 

When Ventura's team looked at information on these girls' 
during childhood, from ages 5 to 13, they found several 
factors that predicted which one of the four groups they 
would fall into at age 13. 

"Girls in the highest risk group had more family history of 
obesity, hypertension and diabetes, higher weight status and 
fat mass across childhood, greater and faster change in 
weight status and fat mass across childhood, and increased 
intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages from ages 5 to 9, 
compared to the other three groups," Ventura reported. 

At ages 5, 7, and 9 years, the higher risk group consumed 
27 percent, 45 percent, and 50 percent more daily servings 
of sugary drinks, respectively, than the lower risk group. 

Combined with weight gain data, the pattern "suggests the 
possibility that consistently high intake of sweetened 
beverages early in life may constitute a risk factor for 
excessive weight gain and increased metabolic syndrome 
risk," the investigators conclude. 

SOURCE: Pediatrics, December 2006.

Copyright © 2006 Reuters Limited.

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