Why I Missed My Train Stop


Engrossed in an article, whose content I will delve into in a minute, I sat reading, fixated on the page, completely oblivious to where I was, which was namely on a subway train home. Someone could have easily lifted my purse out of my arms, my umbrella out of my hand, and possibly even my shoes off my feet. Thank goodness I realized my error immediately, and got off at the stop following mine. As I stepped off the train, my papers fell to the ground, so as I scrambled to pick them up, I watched the doors of the train that would have taken me back home close. This led to another 10 minutes of waiting, but I didn’t dare continue reading my article. Now you are going to think I am the most boring girl on earth, but the title of this enrapturing work was “National Diabetes Statistics, 2007“. I suppose what had really shocked me, thus leading me to forget myself, was that fact that type 2 diabetes among youth (<20 years of age) is 5.3 cases per 100,000. This may seem like a small number, but we are talking about type 2 diabetes, which in the past only affected older adults and was virtually non-existent in children and youth 20 years ago.

In my professional, responsible life, I work as part of a diabetes prevention project team, where we are focussing on seniors. This is still the group where we see the highest number of new diabetes cases, but the exponential growth of diabetes incidence in youth cannot be overlooked at this point in time. What are the major risk factors for type 2 diabetes in children and youth: obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet. I might guess what you are thinking right now: it is all preventable. What you may also want to consider is that science has known this for over a decade, and industry even longer. Diabetes Epidemic In Youth

Advertisements

About danirenouf

I have been a registered dietitian since 2003, and very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in industry, clinical nutrition, public health, and private practice. Currently, I am extremely excited about pursuing entrepreneurial ventures which start with my private consulting practice and branch out into the food and culinary industry. I am busy every day developing my own food products and recipes, adapting traditional cooking techniques and incorporating new and innovative ways to prepare nutritious, delicious food. I am passionate about everything food-related, and aspire to engage others in "getting to know their food" - not all of us are cooks, or need to be, but all of us need to eat.
This entry was posted in Research. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Why I Missed My Train Stop

  1. suigeneris23 says:

    This a link from Lisa’s blog:
    http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/
    Coincidence? I think not.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s