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Kids and Diabetes -- WVIZ/PBS ideastream

- a new kind of partnership -

ideastream in collaboration with NetWellness and other multimedia partners presents Be Well: Kids and Diabetes

Be Well: Kids & Diabetes, a WVIZ/PBS production, explores the dangers and issues behind the growing rate of type 2 diabetes among youth. 

If current trends continue, the incidence of children with type 2 diabetes has the potential to almost quadruple in the next 40 years. Some teens with type 2 diabetes are already experiencing severe complications affecting their hearts, kidneys and eyes. The statistics and facts are sobering and have experts sounding the alarm to develop better treatments and prevention efforts.

Be Well: Kids & Diabetes explores the dangers and issues behind the growing rate of type 2 diabetes among youth. The CEO of the renown Joslin Diabetes Center offers his perspective on this alarming trend and local doctors working on cutting-edge research share their views and insight.

Chapter 1: Understanding the problem and the disease

So what exactly is Type 2 diabetes? Its rates in children are going up. Why is this important? What is going on in your body that makes you diabetic? And what is the deal with glucose and insulin?  Learn the answers to these questions with help from student actors and animation in this segment.  

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Chapter 2: Consequences and the aggressive form of type 2 diabetes in children

As Dr. Narasimhan put it, children with diabetes may have shorter lives, more complicated lives, and sicker lives. Many of the dangerous complications of diabetes, like heart disease, limb amputation, and blindness, are worse in children. They are both more aggressive and more common. Get an overview of these dangerous consequences and  how complications are starting earlier in children with type 2 diabetes.Complications of Diabetes

Chapter 3: Overview from a national expert

ideastream’s Kay Colby sits down with John Brooks, the CEO of the Joslin Diabetes Center based in Boston - a world renowned clinical care, research, and educational institution affiliated with Harvard University. They discuss leading topics and findings in diabetes research, including new and emerging solutions for diabetes. The talk also focuses on possible treatments for genetic factors in diabetes.

Chapter 4: Cellular programming & Conclusion

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and diabetes is no exception. Researchers are currently investigating how overweight or obese mothers may set up their child for obesity, and through that, diabetes, before they are even born. Take a trip to a local lab where scientists are piecing together how an obese pregnant woman may unknowingly program cells in a developing fetus to develop type 2 diabetes in childhood.

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This children's health content is brought to you with support from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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Last Reviewed: Nov 15, 2013