Approximately one-quarter of teens have pre-diabetes or diabetes: study


Atlanta – The prevalence of teens with pre-diabetes or diabetes rose to 23 percent from 9 percent between 1999 and 2008, according to a study (.pdf file) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers analyzed data on 3,383 adolescents 12 to 19 years old from 1999 to 2008 using information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Forty-nine percent of overweight teens and 61 percent of obese adolescents had one or more cardiovascular disease risk factors in addition to their weight status, while about 37 percent of normal-weight teens had at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor, according to a press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Researchers found that the 12- to 19-year-olds did not experience a significant change in the prevalence of hypertension and high cholesterol during that time period.

The study was published in Pediatrics, an AAP journal.

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