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Reducing Kids' Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Parents can do a lot to improve their kids' health and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers say.

That includes helping your child get to, and stay at, a healthy weight with a balanced diet and plenty of physical activity.

The new study shows that about 1 in 3 kids with diabetes watches TV for more than two hours a day, and those who watch at least three hours of TV per day have higher blood sugar and triglyceride levels than those who watch less. And the study also shows that about 90% of kids with diabetes eat more than the recommended amount of saturated fat.

It's never too late to start turning things around. And if you're pregnant, it's not too soon to start, either.

"Things you do -- in terms of diet and physical activity -- can affect the chance of your child being obese or having type 2 diabetes. I also advocate breastfeeding for as long as possible," Mayer-Davis says.

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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