Amish children at lower risk for type 2 diabetes

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By NBC News

Amish children at lower risk for type 2 diabetes

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM CDT

BALTIMORE, MD -- The more active lifestyle of Amish children appears to protect them against type two diabetes.

A new study finds Amish children spend about an additional hour and a half a day in physical activity compared to non-Amish children. Additionally, the amount of moderate to vigorous activity, which benefits heart health, is twice that of non-Amish kids.

Researchers say these higher levels of exercise and a lower BMI translates to lower rates of type two diabetes.

Most Amish children walk to school, have household or farming chores and do not use computers or watch TV.

This study was led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and published 'Diabetes Care'.

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