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Pediatricians issue first-ever diabetes guidelines for kids

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It's a trend we're seeing more and more of - overweight children.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one-third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

Now, pediatricians are stepping up to tackle weight-related issues like type-2 diabetes, which is a disease in which enlarged fat cells interrupt the body's ability to break down sugars.

Doctors say they'll start taking a more aggressive form of treatment by prescribing the medication Metformin earlier. They used to suggest three to four months of diet and exercise combined with check up. Now the anti-diabetic drug will be used as soon as diagnosis.

Chief of Pediatrics at Mountainview Hospital, Dr. Blair Duddy says the new rules are necessary in today's day and age. "It's a systemic disease and that after years of diabetes it's a big deal. In the past it was mainly adults that were in their 30s 40s or 50s that got it, but once we start talking about a teenager with it we have to really pull up our sleeves and work on this because we don't want them having a heart attack when they're 38."

Parents should make sure their child is on a healthy diet, getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day and spending no more than 2 hours per evening in front of the computer or TV.

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