New CDC Data has published concerning news for young adults in the US. A federal study has found out that the prevalence of prediabetes has increased in young adults and adolescents in the US. As per the report, almost one in five teenagers and one in four adolescents suffer from high blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar is known as prediabetes in medical terms. This condition can cause full-fledged diabetes. Researchers have observed the blood sugar data of 5786 non-diabetic people in the age group of 12 to 34 years. Experts have found out that around 18 percent of adolescents in the age group of 12 to 18 years have high levels of blood sugar or prediabetes. 24 percent of the young adult in the age range of 19 to 34 years old have also shown the sign of prediabetes in the research.
The study has been conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lead author of the study Linda Andes has said that prediabetes is spreading rapidly among US adolescents. Especially men and people with obesity are majorly affected by this. Teenagers and young adults are at high risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a common form of the ailment, which is quite prevalent in obese and aging people. As per the research, this condition can lead to many cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke. An elevation in type 2 diabetes in adolescents and other blood sugar related complications in young adults in the US require an immediate preventive action to lower the risk of such complications among young population.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common type of ailment associated with children. It is an autoimmune condition where the pancreas fails to produce much insulin. Type 2 diabetes develops over the years; in this condition, the body turns less receptive to insulin, which is required to maintain glucose balance in the bloodstream. CDC has claimed that around 84 million adults are living with prediabetes condition so far. Health professionals need to be more vigilant about these figures, which can lead to an epidemic of diabetes in the United States.