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More Than a Quarter of Teens Have Prediabetes, Study Shows

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We are living in the most technologically advanced period of human civilization. Our lives are driven by technology, and we are highly dependent on it. This dependence is negatively affecting our lifestyles. One of the worst challenges of the modern lifestyle is dealing with lifestyle diseases. 

Diabetes is partly genetic and partly because of our bad lifestyle habits. The US is one of the hotbeds of diabetes. Out of the total potential Type-2 cases of diabetes, there is a significant share of children between 12 and 19, says research published in the journal JAMA Paediatrics. 

According to the research, 28 percent of children have developed a condition known as prediabetes. Prediabetes means that the amount of sugar in the blood is significantly high but not enough to fit into the classification of diabetes. In the last two decades, the percentage of prediabetes among youth has increased from 12 percent to 28 percent, says the research reported by the Washington Post. 

The study finds that prediabetes was more prevalent among boys than girls and among youths who are overweight or obese. Moreover, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 96 million (or more than 1 in 3) adult populations have prediabetes in the US. 

Experts say that it doesn’t matter at what stage an individual develops prediabetes; they are more likely to progress to Type 2 diabetes and are at higher risk for heart disease. Also, the problem with prediabetes is that it is unrecognizable because the condition usually has no symptoms. 

One of the most significant factors causing prediabetes is the excessive intake of carbohydrates through food. Carbohydrates break down into glucose that enters the bloodstream. If the body does not use the glucose in the bloodstream, it remains in the blood and increases the blood sugar, the Washington Post reports. 

Health experts say that prediabetes may require medication. But, glucose is often broken and used as energy in the long term. This way, the blood sugar in the body decreases. 

It has been noted that people with obesity are more potent to develop prediabetes among youth. Thus, children must make immediate lifestyle changes like improving their diets, working out regularly, and focusing on weight loss. 

 

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