Chances are your child eats more sugar than you think
Sugary cereals, chocolate milk at lunch, and a cookie for a snack: Eating these foods may seem like an ordinary, beloved part of childhood, but added up it means that your child is probably eating much more sugar than is recommended.
The American Heart Association recommends that children under two years old shouldn't consume any foods or beverages with added sugar, while children aged two through eighteen should consume no more than 25 grams of added sugars per day. That's about the amount of sugar in two Fig Newtons and a cup of applesauce—two foods that don't even seem like unhealthy choices!
Consuming too much sugar can cause insulin resistance; increased risk of type II diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and metabolic syndrome. If your child does not do enough physical activity during the day, that consumed sugar will get stored as fat, which can accumulate under the skin and around internal organs—especially the liver.
Sherwood and Pediatric Family Medicine INSIDER Dr. Anna Meyers reports that they have been seeing an increase in not only childhood obesity, but in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children.
If you're concerned that your child may be at risk for these diseases, schedule a new patient appointment with Providence Medical Group Sherwood at 503-216-9600. In next month's column, we will go over tips and tricks to reduce your child's sugar intake.
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16770 SW Edy Rd. Suite 102
Sherwood, OR 97140