High rates of diabetes in Rio Grande Valley children could be due to the pandemic

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Some Rio Grande Valley health experts and doctors are seeing an increase in diabetes in children.

Dr. Jose Gamez, a pediatric endocrinologist at DHR said obesity is a major contributor to the increase. 

"Diabetes is associated with obesity in children and unfortunately here in the Rio Grande Valley we have a high prevalence of obesity in our children population," Gamez said.

Another factor to the increase could be COVID-19.

Since children are spending more time indoors and are limiting physical activities — this could heighten the chance for diabetes. 

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