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Study: Nearly 1 in 4 teens diabetic or pre-diabetic

Teen trends seem to come and go. It’s hard to stay up (or is it down?) with “what’s up.” Have you heard the latest one?  Diabetes!

Seems everyone’s getting it. 23% of U.S. teens are either diabetic or pre-diabetic, according to the Pediatrics medical journal. That’s up 14% since 1999.

It should come as no surprise since teens have become more and more sedentary– unless they are on their way to pick up some greasy fast food. Then they move pretty quickly.

Family doctor Yana Finkelshteyn of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital points her finger firmly at another culprit.

“The sugar intake in the U.S. has climbed precipitately over the last 100 years,” she said. “This is definitely a direct trigger for the obesity epidemic and the diabetes epidemic.”

For those of you tardy to the diabetic party, here’s the 411.

Type 2 diabetes is the most frequent– nearly 95% of all diabetes is Type 2. That’s where your body develops a resistance to insulin, the chemical that breaks down sugars in the blood, or it stops making the insulin altogether.

High blood sugar can give you blurry vision and make you feel wiped. It can also make you thirsty, need to pee all the time, hungry, or even lose weight (but not in a good way– in a crackhead way).

Full blown diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, loss of limbs… even failure to get an erection. Long story short– diabetes is a trend to skip if you can help it. So how do you do that?

“Weight loss,” says Dr. Finkelshteyn, “whichever way they can achieve it, whatever diet plan is going to work for them — preferably a low sugar diet. That’s the number one consideration. Exercise is also important, but the dietary intake is probably the most important part.”

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This entry was posted on May 22, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.
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