Midland ISD Notices a Significant Rise in Diabetes 12/10/13
CBS 7 News
Midland ISD officials tell us that diabetes has risen significantly in the last ten years.
Tracey Dees MISD Health Services Supervisor says in the last twenty years type one diabetes at MISD has risen from about one or two students who have it to about 100. She says many of type two cases are preventable through eating diet and exercise. She says although sometimes eating healthy can be expensive, it's important to start children's' taste buds liking healthier food early to avoid problems such as child obesity that can have a major factor in diabetes.
Dees says the school works hand in hand with parents and wants to help them find ways to participate and purchase affordable activities and foods.
Nurses in the basin are taking a look at a skin condition called Acanthosis Nigricans that could be a precursor for type two diabetes
Health officials tell us nurses are looking at students' necks for discoloration and the difference in skin texture.
The condition indicates a high insulin level in the body which can cause difficulties for the pancreas and it's ability to produce enough insulin for your body on its own.