A fifth of US teens and a quarter of young adults have prediabetes, new CDC data reveal 

Mail Online | 12/3/2019 | Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
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One in five US adolescents, and one in four young adults, have prediabetes, according to a new study of government data.

Records show 18 percent of 12- to 18-year-olds, and 24 percent of adults aged 19 to 34 have prediabetes, meaning they have unhealthily high blood sugar levels, but their condition is reversible.

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Once a patient passes the threshold of type 2 diabetes, it is not reversible.

Responding to the report, Dr Robert R Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said poor diets, lack of exercise, and stress among young people today are to blame.

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'The prevalence of prediabetes in adolescents and young adults reinforces the critical need for effective public health strategies that promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, and stress management,' Dr Redfield said.

'These lifestyle behaviors can begin early in a child's life and should continue through adolescence and adulthood to reduce onset of type 2 diabetes.'

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Previously, the most common type of diabetes among children and young people was type 1 diabetes, a condition thought to be caused by genes or the environment, making the body chronically resistant to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes has long been more common among adults, because it...
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