Sleep Deprived Children Have Higher Risk to Develop Diabetes

Netral News – Staff Writer

A recent study shows children who are not getting enough sleep may develop diabetes more than children who usually get enough sleep. This is because every hour of sleeping children at night is associated with lower weight, more lean muscle mass and little accumulation of sugar in the blood, the researchers said. (more)

Want to set your child up for lifelong health? Go with your gut

Fox News – Rachael Buck

Every year, about 120 million children around the world develop pneumonia and about 1.8 million children under 5 die of the disease. But that number may be about to come down, thanks to the work of researchers affiliated with two children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania and Ohio. They found that cultivating healthy gut bacteria in newborn mice strengthened their lungs’ ability to fight off pneumonia. (more)

Ways to Get Kids to Eat Better in 2018

Consumer Reports – Karyn Repinski

It’s the rare kid who resolves to eat healthier foods in the New Year, but helping children consume a more nutritious diet is no doubt a goal you strive for year-round. And for good reason. “Kids are literally built out of the foods they consume, and making sure they get the right nutrients in their diet helps them grow and develop optimally, both physically and psychologically,” says Maxine Siegel, R.D., a CR dietitian. Indeed, new research published in the journal BMC Public Health shows that healthy eating can boost self-esteem and even lessen peer problems, such as being picked on or bullied. (more)

Can children also be diagnosed with diabetes?

Standard Media – Dr Ombeva Malande

While diabetes is a common disease of adults, it is increasingly becoming a common disease among children. Diabetes is actually one of the most common chronic diseases among children. It follows problems with handling of sugar in the body. There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. When diabetes strikes during childhood, it is routinely assumed to be Type 1, or juvenile-onset, diabetes. (more)

New Year’s resolutions could be harmful when done too quickly or too much

WFLA – Jenn Holloway

A lot of people resolve to get healthier in the new year, even children. 8 is On Your Side to help you meet those New Year’s resolutions safely. No matter your age, it’s always important to stay as healthy as possible. But beware. If you do too much, too fast, regardless of your age, you could pay the price. Dr. David Siambanes with the Children’s Scoliosis Center at St. Joseph’s warns some New Year’s resolutions could be harmful, even for kids who seem so resilient. (more)