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Overweight Teens And Diabetes: Grim News Facing Their Health Futures
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Overweight Teens And Diabetes: Grim News Facing Their Health Futures

The condition is so prevalent that the medical industry coined the term "diabesity". It refers to the fact that obesity and diabetes are often inextricably linked to one another. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and being diabetic may increase the risk of getting or staying obese. For teenagers who are both overweight and newly diagnosed with diabetes, the news is not good. A new study shows that even when given several ways to control their blood sugar levels, the majority will fail at some point.

In the study, led by Dr. Phil Zeitter of the University of Colorado, teens who had been recently diagnosed with diabetes were given one of three blood sugar control methods and then tracked to see how well they did with it. Nearly seven hundred overweight and obese children and teens were first treated with the common diabetes drug, Metformin to stabilize their blood sugars. One third were then directed to continue on Metformin alone. The second group were asked to take the medication and were given counseling about diet and exercise as well. The last group was given a combination of Metformin and Avandia.

After four years, about one half of the group taking Metformin alone were still having problems controlling their blood sugars. The group that received counseling in addition to the medication was even worse at managing their condition. The Metformin and Avandia tandem group did have some better control results, but the numbers were not huge and the addition of Avandia is not recommended because of the increased risk of heart attack. Neither Metformin or Avandia are technically approved for use with children and teens, yet another of the problems that face the kids with the condition. The study will be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In the past, diabetes was considered a middle aged disease because it usually did not strike until forty or later but the obesity epidemic has increased the number of people who are facing the condition, many at younger and younger ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of the children in the US are either overweight or obese.

Uncontrolled diabetes increases the risk of a number of conditions including loss of vision, nerve damage, kidney failure and more. While some teens might be able to control their blood sugars with medications, diet and exercise, others might have a more difficult time with their condition.


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There are so many reasons for this happening. Interesting subject.

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  about 8 years ago

Diet and exercise will always curb the ravages of Type II diabetes.....always. Thanks for this enlightening article.

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