A major study, released Sunday, tested several ways to manage blood sugar in teens newly diagnosed with diabetes and found that nearly half of them failed within a few years, and 1 in 5 suffered serious complications. The results spell trouble for a nation facing rising rates of "diabesity" -- Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity. The federally funded study is the largest look yet at how to treat diabetes in teens. Earlier studies mostly have been in adults, and most diabetes drugs aren't even approved for youths. The message is clear: Prevention is everything.
Heavy Teens at Increased Risk of Heart Disease Years Later
Heavy teens need more health talks: study | Reuters
Teenage boys who are even slightly overweight face an increased risk of heart disease later in life, even if they slim down as adults, according to a new study. Regardless of their adult weight, men who were obese as teenagers were nearly seven times more likely than their slimmest peers to be diagnosed with heart disease in their mids, the study found. Heavier-than-average teens whose body mass index was in the normal range were at increased risk as well. Body mass index, or BMI, is a ratio of height to weight that provides a rough estimate of body fat. The good news is that the same was not true of diabetes. A man's BMI as an adult, but not as a teen, was linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, so slimming down by eating right and exercising appears to go a long way toward preventing the onset of the disease, the researchers say.
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HealthDay —The obesity epidemic among American teens is being fed by a waning desire to lose weight, a new report suggests. Among many adolescents, being overweight or obese may increasingly seem "normal," so they don't feel the urgency to shed pounds, some researchers believe. Jian Zhang. He's an associate professor of epidemiology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.