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1 in 4 U.S. Teens Facing Deadly, Debilitating Disease: Diabetes

October 9, 2012|Counseling & Psychotherapy

Did you know that diabetes can result in heart problems, blindness, kidney dysfunction, stroke and circulation problems that can lead to foot and leg amputation? And, diabetes is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time.

Diabetes is a serious medical problem that used to strike older adults but now is rapidly becoming more common in young people. Young people with diabetes face a lifetime of medical problems, and risk of early disability and death.

Simple changes in lifestyle, diet and exercise can help prevent diabetes. But, too few people take these steps. Help yourself and your children by learning more about diabetes and how to prevent it. Nutritionists can help people learn to eat healthier. And, health psychologists can help people adhere to treatments and programs for prevention.

Excerpt from article:

The proportion of U.S. adolescents with diabetes or borderline diabetes has jumped dramatically since the late 1990s, raising the possibility that this generation of young people may face high rates of heart disease and other complications as adults.

As of 2008, 23% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 had diabetes or the precursor condition known as pre-diabetes, up from just 9% in 1999, according to a new analysis of national survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By contrast, the rate of obesity — a leading cause of type 2 diabetes in this age group — was largely flat over the same time period, as previous CDC reports have shown. Thirty-four percent of adolescents were overweight or obese in 2008, compared to 33% in 1999.

Likewise, rates of other risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure 14% and high LDL cholesterol 22%, also known as bad cholesterol, remained high but largely unchanged from the previous decade.

via Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. teens facing diabetes – CNN.com.

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