‘Prediabetes’ common in U.S. teens, young adults
(Reuters Health) – About one in five teens and one in four young adults in the U.S. have slightly elevated blood sugar, sometimes known as “prediabetes,” that can lead to full-blown diabetes, a study suggests.
For the study, researchers examined data on blood sugar levels for 5,786 people ages 12 to 34 who hadn’t been diagnosed with diabetes. Overall, 18% of the younger people in the study, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, had “prediabetes,” as did 24% of the adults 19 to 34 years old.
“Prediabetes is highly prevalent in U.S. adolescents and young adults, especially in…