Leukemia and weight gainLLeukemia and weight gainLeukemia and Weight GainEnglishOncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodySkeletal systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-03-06T05:00:00ZOussama Abla, MDDanielle Weidman, MDKarin Landenberg, MD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p> Learn why children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at risk for becoming overweight.</p><p>Some children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) may become overweight. They are at most risk of gaining weight during their treatment and up to one year after finishing it. Encourage your child to adopt healthy eating habits and be physically active. Developing these habits early on in treatment is important to prevent obesity, which can put a child at risk for serious health problems. </p><p></p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li>Medicines your child takes during leukemia treatment can increase their chances of becoming overweight and can make them feel hungrier.</li> <li> A lack of physical activity during treatment can also increase their risk of being overweight.</li> <li> Being overweight can lead to obesity, which can put a child at risk for health problems.</li></ul>
La leucémie et la prise de poidsLLa leucémie et la prise de poidsLeukemia and Weight GainFrenchOncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodySkeletal systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-03-06T05:00:00ZOussama Abla, MDDanielle Weidman, MDKarin Landenberg, MDFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez pourquoi les enfants atteints d’une leucémie lymphoblastique aiguë sont à risque de faire de l’embonpoint.</p><p>Certains enfants atteints de leucémie lymphoblastique aiguë (LLA) peuvent atteindre une situation de surpoids. Le risque est le plus élevé pendant qu’ils suivent leur traitement et jusqu’à un an après la fin du traitement. Encouragez votre enfant à adopter de saines habitudes de vie et à être actif physiquement. Développer ces habitudes dès le début du traitement est important afin de prévenir l’obésité, laquelle peut entraîner de sérieux problèmes de santé.</p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>Les médicaments que prend votre enfant au cours de son traitement contre la leucémie peuvent augmenter son risque de faire de l’embonpoint et lui donner l’impression d’avoir davantage faim. </li><li>Un manque d’activité physique pendant le traitement peut aussi augmenter son risque de faire de l’embonpoint. </li><li>Faire de l’embonpoint peut mener à l’obésité, ce qui met votre enfant à risque de développer des problèmes de santé.</li></ul>

 

 

Leukemia and weight gain2871.00000000000Leukemia and weight gainLeukemia and Weight GainLEnglishOncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodySkeletal systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-03-06T05:00:00ZOussama Abla, MDDanielle Weidman, MDKarin Landenberg, MD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p> Learn why children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at risk for becoming overweight.</p><p>Some children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) may become overweight. They are at most risk of gaining weight during their treatment and up to one year after finishing it. Encourage your child to adopt healthy eating habits and be physically active. Developing these habits early on in treatment is important to prevent obesity, which can put a child at risk for serious health problems. </p><p></p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li>Medicines your child takes during leukemia treatment can increase their chances of becoming overweight and can make them feel hungrier.</li> <li> A lack of physical activity during treatment can also increase their risk of being overweight.</li> <li> Being overweight can lead to obesity, which can put a child at risk for health problems.</li></ul><p>Some ALL survivors are at risk of developing:</p><ul><li>high blood pressure</li><li>high blood sugar levels; this is because their treatment makes it difficult for their bodies to break down sugar in the blood</li><li> increased amount of fats in the blood (hyperlipidemia)</li></ul><p>Alongside obesity, having any of these problems can increase the chances of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. These problems increase with age, which is why making healthy lifestyle choices early on is essential. </p><h2>Why are children with leukemia at risk of becoming obese?</h2><h3>Treatment</h3><p>While the medicines your child takes during treatment kill cancer cells, they can also increase the chances of becoming overweight. Some children with high-risk ALL may receive radiation to their brain, which can also make them at risk of becoming obese.</p><h3>Steroids </h3><p>Your child takes corticosteroid medications called prednisone or dexamethasone, which are an important part of their treatment. These medicines can increase your child’s appetite. As a result, your child may feel hungrier than usual, and eat more. Making sure your child eats healthy, nutritious food during treatment will minimize the likelihood that they will become overweight later on. Talk to your child’s doctor or dietitian in the hospital to find out how you can help your child maintain a healthy body weight.</p><p>Please visit <a href="/Article?contentid=2864&language=English">Good nutrition during leukemia treatment</a> for more information.</p> <h3>Lack of physical activity</h3><p>During treatment, parents and teachers often make the mistake of completely restricting physical activity. While there are some physical activities that need to be restricted and may not be safe for your child, being physically inactive is unhealthy. After treatment, kids may also adopt an inactive lifestyle. If your child takes steroids (and possibly radiation), it is that much more important that they do some exercise when they can, both during and after treatment. This will minimize their risk of becoming overweight and is a good lifestyle practice for general health and wellbeing. </p><p>Your child’s doctor or physiotherapist can help you to choose activities that are safe, fun, and healthy for your child.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Leukemia_and_weight_gain.jpgLeukemia and weight gainFalse

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