Neglecting prediabetes is a very dangerous game to play, as it can lead to the “real deal” of type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes means when blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but still not high enough yet for type 2 diabetes to kick in.
According to a new analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics that UPI.com tells us about, almost 30% of teenagers from the USA have prediabetes. Unsurprisingly, about 40% of those young individuals are also obese.
From 12% to 28%
For the period between 1999 and 2002, it was concluded that only 12% of teenagers were suffering from prediabetes. The last period included for the new assessment was between 2015 and 2018 when 28% of teenagers were found to have prediabetes. The jump is huge, as you can easily conclude for yourself. Furthermore, solutions are needed, and they’re needed fast.
UPI.com quotes what Junxiu Liu had to say during a phone interview, who’s a co-author of the study:
These numbers are striking, and it’s pretty clear that, if we don’t do something to bring down these numbers, we are going to see a significant increase in diabetes in the United States,
Here’s what else Liu said, as quoted by the same source:
Parents and others responsible for children’s diets must do more to ensure they receive adequate nutrition and reduce their sugar intake.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) brought some great news about prediabetes:
It’s real. It’s common. And most importantly, it’s reversible. You can prevent or delay prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes with simple, proven lifestyle changes.
Informing campaigns to educate the young about the dangers of diabetes might represent a good idea. But they obviously need financial investments, which might be an issue. Hopefully, solutions will be found.