Narrator: This is Science Today. The American Diabetes Association recently announced that more exercise and less TV would reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Their announcement was based on a Harvard study that for the first time directly linked this risk to hours spent on the couch watching TV. Dr. Kenneth Jones of the University of California, San Diego, says this proves what has long been suspected - that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of diabetes.
Jones: The first line of treatment is always to attempt weight reduction. And this essentially involves diet and exercise, although we're not talking about turning everyone into marathon runners - but getting away from the sedentary lifestyle into a more active lifestyle.
Narrator: This is especially important for kids, since diabetes in children has risen dramatically in the last decade.
Jones: Parents need to be aware of the risk factors, particularly if there's diabetes in the family. And certainly any child who begins to show significant obesity, the physician should be consulted and steps taken to see if that process can be arrested.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.