New Study Reveals Prediabetes Rates Have More Than Doubled Among American Children Over the Past 20 Years

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A new study has revealed that rates of prediabetes among children have more than doubled over the past 20 years. The study, published March 28 in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at children between the ages of 12 and 19 from 1999 to 2018. During that time, the rate of prediabetes among the teens in the group went from 11.6 to 28.2 percent. Now the author of the study is worried that these new figures could be a dangerous trend that leads to long-term health issues in our children. “If we do not intervene, the children who have prediabetes have a higher risk of developing diabetes and also have a higher risk of all cardiovascular diseases,” said Junxiu Liu, Assistant Professor of Population Health Science and Policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

Prediabetes is a common condition in adults, but according to the CDC, over three-quarters of those who have it don’t know it. The condition is classified as having blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but are not yet high enough to be considered diabetic. Among the dangers of prediabetes are an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

This news should be especially alarming to African Americans, who are 60 percent more likely than whites to be diagnosed with diabetes and twice as likely as white people to die from the disease. Diabetes most commonly affects racial and ethnic minority communities because they are more likely to live in areas where there is a lack of access to healthy food.

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SOURCE: The Root, Angela Johnson

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