23% of Teens Have Diabetes or Prediabetes


MyHealthNewsDaily Staff
Myhealthnewsdaily.com
May 21, 2012

The percent of U.S. teens with diabetes is on the rise, a new study suggests.

Between 1999 and 2008, the percentage of adolescents ages 12 to 19 with diabetes or prediabetes increased from 9 percent to 23 percent, the study found.

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Both diabetes and prediabetes are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the researchers said.

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