According to a new report, consuming a bowl of children’s breakfast cereal every day would add up to the equivalent of 10 pounds of sugar intake in a year’s time. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, reports on a guideline being drawn up by the World Health Organization that aims to provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems.
Along these lines, rates of diabetes in U.S. children have jumped sharply in just eight years.(6) The prevalence of type 1 diabetes increased 21 percent between 2001 and 2009, and rates of type 2 diabetes rose 30.5 percent. These increases affected both boys and girls, and nearly all racial groups, the researchers noted.(6)
For more information on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.(7)
Our job as oral health professionals is to counsel patients about nutrition, diet, diabetes, and other things that affect their oral and systemic health. As always, prevention is vital.
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1. Environmental Working Group. Children's Cereals: Sugar by the Pound: Executive Summary. http://www.ewg.org/research/childrens-cereals-sugar-pound/executive-summary.
3. Moynihan PJ, Kelly SAM. Effect on Caries of Restricting Sugars Intake. Systematic Review to Inform WHO Guidelines. JDR January 2014 vol. 93 no. 1 8-18.
4. Te Morenga L, Mallard S, and Mann J. Dietary sugars and body weight: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies. BMJ 2013; 346.
6. Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis EJ, Saydah S, et al. Prevalence of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Among Children and Adolescents From 2001 to 2009. JAMA. 2014;311(17):1778-1786. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3201.
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Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, is the editorial director of RDH eVillage FOCUS.