Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. teens is on the road to diabetes

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. teens is on the fast track to diabetes, if they don’t already have the disease, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

In less than a decade, the proportion of kids ages 12 to 19 with diabetes or prediabetes has jumped from 9% in 1999-2000 to 23% in 2007-2008. The statistic is concerning on its own, but considering that the American Heart Association tags diabetes as one of a handful of major “controllable risk factors” for cardiovascular disease, it’s even more important to pay attention…

Sifting through nine years of comprehensive data from 1999 to 2008 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers found that 49% of overweight teens and nearly two-thirds of obese teens had one or more risk factors, plus the complicating factor of their weight.

Risk factors included prehypertension/hypertension, borderline and high LDLC (the “bad” cholesterol), low HDLC (the “good” cholesterol) and prediabetes and diabetes.

Among those adolescents who were overweight or obese, 26% also had prehypertension or hypertension, as well as borderline or high LDL. That percentage has not fluctuated significantly since 1999, nor has the proportion of obese teens changed, which may explain why hypertension and “bad” cholesterol rates haven’t jumped…

A plateau — or, even better, a decrease — isn’t likely to happen without significant public-health efforts promoting healthy lifestyles.

I would address parents as much or more than public officials. With Congressional Republicans playing at their usual 3 Stooges routine over healthcare and public health, I wouldn’t count on Uncle Sugar helping out in the foreseeable future. If Americans are dumb enough to vote Republicans back into office they probably won’t understand they’re helping their kids commit suicide via a couch potato lifestyle.

You have to understand you need the whole package: exercise and sports which will stay with you your whole life, quality nutrition ain’t expensive – doctors’ bills are, healthy food in moderation. Information is cheap. Killing your kids with crap food isn’t worth a damn.

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