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Cutting Back on Sugar - Pediatrics

It’s becoming a common trend. “We see some of the clues if they get this dark pigmentation on their neck, and it’s one of the signs of early diabetes,” said Dr. Thomas Schiller, a pediatrician with Lee Health.Studies show in the last ten years, the rate of children diagnosed with type two diabetes has risen 4.8 percent each year. “I remember when they said diabetes type two in children is rare, then after a few years of practicing I would say well here’s a case. And now it’s common,” said Dr. Schiller.A common problem that’s accompanied by a variety of health concerns. “It’s not only type two diabetes, it leads to heart disease, it elevates blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol go off the roof. It’s called metabolic syndrome, also known as insulin resistance and these are bad things, and they are becoming extremely common,” Dr. Schiller said.According to the American Heart Association, children should have no more than three teaspoons of sugar per day. One can of soda for instance, has 13 teaspoons of sugar. Doctors say it’s important to limit things like soda, juice, sweets, even fruit from your child’s diet. “We need to stay away from the sweet drinks, the sweet foods, the ice cream, the donuts, the cookies, the cakes, the candy bars, all are bad for us,” said Dr. Schiller.Many snacks and drinks contain sugar, so doctors recommend parents read the label, and try to avoid words like fructose. “When we eat the fructose, it goes to our liver and it metabolizes into fat. It stresses our liver, just like any poison would. It causes liver damage, fat production, and fat deposition in our organs,” said Dr. Schiller.Cutting back on sugar can improve your child’s health long term.View More Health Matters video segments at Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit