Type 2 Diabetes Wreaks Havoc in Overweight Teens
Researchers emphasize prevention
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2012 1:33 PM CDT
For teenagers, diabetes is particularly difficult to manage, a study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Type 2 diabetes poses a particular problem for overweight teens, a study finds: Among hundreds of recently-diagnosed teenagers, almost half lost control of their blood sugar within a few years. Moreover, about one in five experienced serious complications from the illness. With a third of American kids and teens overweight or obese—thus facing a higher risk of diabetes—the results have researchers worried, the AP reports. It's the biggest study of teen diabetes thus far.

Researchers divided subjects into three groups: One took just the pill metformin, which lowers blood sugar; the second took the pill and received diet and exercise guidance; the third took metformin as well as Avandia. About half of each of the first two groups lost control of their blood sugar, while the Avandia group saw slightly better results. But doctors warn against that approach because Avandia is associated with higher heart attack risk among adults. In the end, "a single pill or single approach is not going to get the job done," says a study leader. Researchers' best advice so far? "Don't get diabetes in the first place."

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May 22, 2012 6:29 AM CDT
Three rules to help your child be a part of our new teen diabetes epidemic.... 1. Let them eat as much as they want 2. of whatever they want 3. as often as they want. See how simple those rules are... Let them eat as much as they want, of whatever they want, as often as they want. Don't start thinking this is so easy it's a 'piece of cake.' No way. It's more like - as many pieces of cake or whatever they want, as often as they want. See what I did there? I said it three times. Why? Because repetition has power. And people that are fattening their kids like hogs for the slaughter, need to hear it and hear it and hear it until they remember, oh yeah, my job is to provide healthy rules that lead them to their happiest life. I was a fat kid, and a fat woman back before it was in vogue and I can testify... it's not fun. It's exhausting! Embarrassing! Heart breaking! Is that really what you want for your kids? Please quit being such lazy parents. Please, for the sake of your children, get up, go outside and ride bikes with your kids. Three balanced meals and two healthy snacks a day... an ounce of nuts or a piece of fruit. I bought a banana at Walmart yesterday for 12 cents. A candy bar would have been... what ever they cost now... a dollar? See. It's cheaper to be healthy. Beans are a great healthy food and they're like the cheapest food in the store. OR... Let them eat as much as they want, of whatever they want, whenever they want. Voila' - diabetes!!
Apr 30, 2012 10:54 PM CDT
"Don't get diabetes in the first place.".... Why didn't anyone think of this before?.......