START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
1,481,385 people care about Health Policy

Nearly One In Four Teens Diabetic Or Pre-Diabetic

Nearly One In Four Teens Diabetic Or Pre-Diabetic

A new study released online on Monday shows that almost a quarter of teens have diabetes or pre-diabetes, up from 9 percent a decade ago.

The findings come from a report that looked at the risk factors teens have for cardiovascular disease. “Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among U.S. Adolescents, 1999-2008” examined data from nearly 3,400 adolescents age 12 to 19 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The authors, affiliated with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set out to examine why American teens have become more susceptible to cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death among U.S. adults.

“We’re Losing The Battle Early”

From CBS news:

“What this is saying, unfortunately, is that we’re losing the battle early with many kids,” said Dr. Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado School of Medicine expert who was not involved in the study.

Daniels said these results are not good, since people can keep their risk of heart disease very low if they reach age 45 or 50 at normal weight and with normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol and no diabetes.

For the study, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on 3,383 adolescents ages 12 through 19, who were part of an intensive National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that involves interviewing, weighing, measuring and performing medical tests on people across the country.

Overall the study found that 50 percent of overweight youths and 60 percent of obese youths had at least one risk factor for future heart disease. But normal-weight kids weren’t in the clear – 37 percent had at least one risk factor and could face increased chances for heart trouble as adults, the study suggests.

21 Percent Of Teens At Risk

The study showed that the percentage of adolescents who were diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes rose dramatically, from 9 percent to 21 percent. Pre-diabetics have higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to count as diabetes.

“This study is just a first step to identify problems in youth. More work needs to be done to identify why this is happening and the advantages of using various test methods in this population,” said Ashleigh May, the CDC epidemiologist who was the study’s lead author.

Still, she saw the results as a call of action to parents and adolescents.

“I think parents have the opportunity to encourage their children to engage in healthy lifestyles,” May told The Washington Post.  “On the broader community level, we can promote healthy environments that make making healthy choices easier for kids.”

Exercise And Diet Make A Healthy Lifestyle

Let’s be clear here: healthy lifestyles means focusing on eating healthy food and on exercising. Parents monitoring their children’s eating habits and avoiding the junk food is important, but getting children exercising is also important.

That’s why Prescriptions for Nature is an idea that is taking off around the country: doctors who think children and teens need more exercise may prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors.

More than 100 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuges are part of a national consortium of federal parks and the National Environmental Education Foundation now using this prescription tactic. The aim is to turn doctors, nurses, teachers and therapists into “nature champions” who steer children and their parents into the outdoors.

The prescription, an “Rx for healthy living,” prompts families to eat more fruits and vegetables, step away from the TV or video screen and go outside to breathe fresh air, awaken their senses, and shed some weight. Each prescription also comes with easy-to-follow maps to nearby refuges and parks where outdoor experiences are led by rangers and volunteers.

And parents, why not get outside with your kids and enjoy exercising together?

Related Stories

Can Prescriptions For Nature Defeat Childhood Obesity?

Diabetes Epidemic Affects 347 Million Worldwide

Doctors Recommend 3 Hours’ Daily Exercise For Young Kids

 

Read more: , , , , ,

Photo Credit: u-o-0024

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

39 comments

+ add your own
7:19PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

I think I could have gone the rest of my life without needing to see that photo...

9:52AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Makes me really upset when I see children go straight home from school on a beautiful day and plop down in front of the TV; get involved in sports or just go play outside. These kids are addicted to soda and all that lovely crap that isn't good for them and the sad thing is, it's usually the parents either buying it for them or giving them the money.

12:04PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Physical Education, just think of it, all that sweat, all that pain, and no fast food. Yet there is good news on the horizon.
The U.S. Corporate Military is quickly turning to a expanded drone program. Imagine, you are a drone operator currently, working from home. There's the door bell...ahh, your favorite faster, all most food, with a bit of GMO on the side. Any student can earn extra credit hunting down Al Qaeda form the comfort of their couch.

Today, we are all paying more for an airline tickets due to obese citizens Quite soon you will be sitting there, waiting to take-off when all of a sudden, airline personnel come on board and take out 2 seats and replace it with a Big Mac Special. We could call it the, "SuperSize Me Seat."

Children with the Onset of Adult Diabetes, Heart Attacks in our youth, boys who could benefit from wearing a bra. Statically, more obese people loose their remote controls than slender people. Often it is found in one of their many fat folds, but only after a few weeks. I am currently attempting to perfect a remote control finder, to operate it you must feed it a Big Mac w/ fries.

Do any of you know that obese people get less miles per gallon. Imagine, 4 obese citizens in a Prius and they can only achieve 20 MPG, when it should see 50.

Don't get me started about shopping at Walmart. All of a sudden you spot two rather large women blocking your path, you turn to flee and realize that there are 3 more, what you do?

11:58AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Sorry Jane B, The U.S. P.E. program has been replaced with the new Drone Program, after all, it can be conducted from the comfort of the classroom. Why get so sweaty? Yuck!!

Just think, you could get extra credits by working from the comfort of your own home, after all, Pizza Hut doesn't deliver to the classroom, at least, not yet.

9:03PM PDT on May 27, 2012

quote Jane B. Big Pharma will have to throw all their poison "cures" down the toilet,

So true Jane, their psychotropic anti depressant designer drugs that cause weight gain and may onset diabetes as a bonus. if an individual was conned into taking the meds by thinking they were depressed, will sure have an emotional challenge after packing on ( 66lb. average in 300,000 litigants in the Class Action against Ely Lily, over prozac, alanzopan, zyprexa, and for some the added bonus of diabetes onset)

Diabetes aught to be a trip with potential amputations, kidney failure, heart troubles. and Jane the sad part is Big Pharm runs the FDA

12:11AM PDT on May 26, 2012

quote : For the study, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
“This study is just a first step to identify problems in youth. More work needs to be done to identify why this is happening and the advantages of using various test methods in this population,” said Ashleigh May, the CDC epidemiologist who was the study’s lead author...
Still, she saw the results as a call of action to parents and adolescents

“I think parents have the opportunity to encourage their children to engage in healthy lifestyles,” May told The Washington Post. “On the broader community level, we can promote healthy environments that make making healthy choices easier for kids.”

Ashleigh May is an academic parasite more interested in keeping her wallet fat. She shifts the blame or area of concern to; quote : Still, she saw the results as a call of action to parents and adolescents.

If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, actually believed in PREVENTION they would have HFCS banned form use in sodas, juices and thousands of refined foods. Where the hell is the responsibility of government ? Oh yea coddling the profits of the disease establishment.

google youtube : Dr. Robert Lustig, Pediatrician, U of California, San Fransico
"Sugar the Bitter Truth"



8:43AM PDT on May 25, 2012

No, I don't think shaming them is a good idea. It starts with the parents and the food supply.
The food supply needs cleaning up. Correct labeling on EVERYTHING is needed with calorie count so parents can make CHOICES. Nobody knows what the hell is in their food
or how fattening it is. Then the parents have to take charge and feed their kids healthy food.
Big Pharma will have to throw all their poison "cures" down the toilet, oh well.....

8:42AM PDT on May 25, 2012

No, I don't think shaming them is a good idea. It starts with the parents and the food supply.
The food supply needs cleaning up. Correct labeling on EVERYTHING is needed with calorie count so parents can make CHOICES. Nobody knows what the hell is in their food
or how fattening it is. Then the parents have to take charge and feed their kids healthy food.
Big Pharma will have to throw all their poison "cures" down the toilet, oh well.....

8:42AM PDT on May 25, 2012

No, I don't think shaming them is a good idea. It starts with the parents and the food supply.
The food supply needs cleaning up. Correct labeling on EVERYTHING is needed with calorie count so parents can make CHOICES. Nobody knows what the hell is in their food
or how fattening it is. Then the parents have to take charge and feed their kids healthy food.
Big Pharma will have to throw all their poison "cures" down the toilet, oh well.....

3:03AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Very few of these strategies have any chance of working until these children and their parents realise that fat is not the new normal. When three quarters of all the people one sees are overweight bordering on the obese, no amount of threats of future disease will have any effect. After all, they are bombarded with literature via the media outlining the dangers of obesity. Perhaps it time we forgot about PC and called them fatties and lardies and maybe, just maybe shame would do more than all these good ideas for educating people about the merits of healthy eating and exercise.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free
CONTACT THE EDITORS

Recent Comments from Causes

This article does its readers a disservice, as it only gives a skewed point of view on the subject, giving…

I dont see any differance? Oh well just me.

meet our writers

Lindsay Spangler Lindsay Spangler is a Web Editor and Producer for Care2 Causes. A recent UCLA graduate, she lives in... more
ads keep care2 free



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.