Letters: Dec. 29, 2003

DIABETES: ARE YOU AT RISK?

I congratulate you for the clarity of your report on diabetes [Dec. 8]. For the past 19 years, as a pediatric endocrinologist dealing with children with diabetes, I have watched with amazement the increase in the number of young people with Type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset diabetes), especially in the past 10 to 15 years. This escalation matches the tremendous rise in juvenile obesity. Many cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented by schools' reinforcing healthy eating habits and providing lunches (and breakfasts) that are not equivalent to fast food. In addition, foods rich...

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