Diabetes: Exercise is particularly important for affected children

Lowering atherosclerosis risk: exercise is important for children with diabetes
According to the German Diabetes Association, more than six million people suffer from diabetes in Germany alone. More and more children are also affected. According to scientists, it is particularly important for them to exercise regularly. This can reduce the risk of complications.

Prevent secondary diabetes
More and more people are getting diabetes. Many often don't know about their illness for a long time. After the diagnosis, those affected are usually recommended to change their lifestyle. At the top of the tips for everyday life with diabetes are a healthy diet and sufficient exercise. This can often prevent secondary diseases. Because diabetes often causes diseases of the cardiovascular system over time, because high blood sugar permanently damages the vessels and organs. In addition, diabetics increasingly suffer from hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), which in turn further increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In order to strengthen the cardiovascular system and avoid the consequences mentioned, a moderate sports or training program is generally recommended for diabetes. This also applies to diabetic children.

Exercise for children with sugar disease
As the experts of the Professional Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ) report on their website "", the risk for children with a sugar disorder of developing arteriosclerosis is lower, the more steps they take each day . According to Australian researchers, 1,000 steps a day have a positive effect on the vascular health of the little ones.

In their study, which was published in the "Diabetes Diabetes" of the "American Diabetes Association", 90 children with type 1 diabetes were included; 88 of them wore an activity tracker on their arms for 23.2 hours a day. It was found that 55 percent of the children took fewer than 10,000 steps a day.

1,000 more steps a day
According to the data, there was a correlation between the mean and maximum aortic intima media thickness (AIMT, thickness of the inner vessel wall) and the average number of steps per day. As the experts report, the intima media thickness is measured using sonography (ultrasound) (usually in the carotid arteries) in order to identify atherosclerotic vascular changes in good time. There was a decrease in the mean or highest AIMT of 0.0082 or 0.0093 mm with an increase of 1,000 steps per day. The correlation was therefore independent of disturbance variables such as age, body mass index, blood pressure and blood lipid values.

According to “Physician’s Briefing”, the authors emphasized: “Our results demonstrate the importance of drawing attention to the importance of regular exercise when training and advising children with type 1 diabetes.” (Ad)

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