Childhood Stress May Be Linked To Diabetes By: Ana Aniagu

A childhood can be many wonderful things. Playing on playgrounds, racing each other, smiling non-stop. But recently the smiling has stopped, and has been replaced with stress. A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, shows that children who have experienced stress may be at a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Physical symptoms in children who might be experiencing some sort of stress include: decreased appetite, headaches, nightmares, and an upset stomach.
The idea of children experiencing stress seems to be ridiculous to older people, but they do have a lot on them. For example, children experience stress by listening to their parents arguing, difficulty learning a new subject in school, balancing academic and sports, even world news.
Although children experiencing stress is an idea that can be easily dismissed, diabetes cannot. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism and  there are two types of diabetes called type I and type II.  Type I diabetes occurs usually in adults and children. How does stress in children relate to diabetes? The leading factors in the development of diabetes are environmental – stress falling into this category. The medical world advises parents to encourage their children to be able to talk about their feelings and possibly make sure that their children exercise more.

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