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Teen Diabetes on the Rise

June 4, 2012
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A large number of American teenagers may become diabetic. A new study said nearly twenty-five percent of teens tested positive for pre-diabetes or diabetes. Only nine percent of teens tested positive in a study done ten years ago.

Experts are alarmed by the increase, but urged caution in acting on the findings. The results were from a single test

Thirty-three percent or more of America’s youngsters are overweight or obese. Over the past ten years these rates have not changed. Obesity is a major cause of diabetes. Doctors cannot explain why the diabetes rates are going up while overweight or obesity rates have not risen.

Young children are spending years sitting in front of computers and getting less exercise. These trends may result in more positive diabetes testing when they are teens.

Studies show diabetes is harder to treat in children than in adults. Exercise and weight loss can prevent pre-diabetics from evolving into diabetes.

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