Nearly 30% of adolescents have “prediabetes”

A new study has found that nearly 30% of American teens have “prediabetes,” which can be concerning. Teenage health is a very serious concern for many parents. Childhood obesity rates are rising and a global pandemic hasn’t helped. Being overweight can lead to many health problems, and it is important that these are addressed and that studies can help society see exactly what the problem is and hopefully find a solution. Many don’t see diabetes as a “young” problem, but that could be changing and parents are paying attention.

According to UPI, a new study shows that nearly 30% of teens in the United States have prediabetes. This study was published in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, and it can be read in full here. The actual number was 28% of American teenagers, and they all met the diagnostic criteria for “prediabetes.”

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To complete the study, the researchers looked at data collected during ten cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Survey among young people aged 12 to 19. This included the years 1999 to 2018.

While the final number was quite concerning, what was also concerning was how high he jumped. In 1999, the rate was 11.6%, but had jumped to 28.2% by the end of the study.

Now, with the addition of a global pandemic and teenagers spending a lot of time sedentary, it can be worrying to think how far it may have jumped again. They found that the highest risk was in older adolescent males and in obese adolescents they found that it increased above all factors. He had grown up regardless of gender, race and age.

Junxiu Liu was one of the authors of the study and she said something had to be done.

She said if they do nothing now, they will see a significant increase in the number of people with diabetes in the United States. Prevention and early intervention can make a big difference in the health outcomes of these young people, and it’s important that those who notice that their teen may not be in great shape get themselves checked out and encouraged to adopt. a healthier lifestyle. This is the best way to ensure that their health is protected and that they can stop the trend before it becomes diabetes.

Sources: UPI, JAMA Pediatrics


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