Certain kids with diabetes are most at risk for excess weight

June 30, 2014

By Allison Bond Children and teens with type 1 diabetes are already at increased risk for becoming overweight or obese, but certain traits make the odds even higher, according to a new study. Because obesity can compound some of the health problems that go along with diabetes, it’s important to help kids avoid weight gain, […]

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Preemie birth linked to higher insulin levels in kids

April 7, 2014

By Randy Dotinga Based on tests of newborns and young children, a new study suggests that premature babies could face a higher risk of diabetes much later in life. The findings don’t confirm a connection between premature birth and diabetes, although other studies have hinted at a possible connection and increased risk. But they do […]

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Diabetes rates rise with food prices, as healthy options get too expensive

March 19, 2014

By Matthew Mientka A new study suggests blood sugar levels among people with diabetes may rise with food prices, as consumers are priced out of the healthy foods market. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) measured blood sugar levels in 2,400 adults with type 2 diabetes, which they compared to average grocery store […]

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Diabetes risk tied to weight gain in youth

November 25, 2013

By Michael Smith The risk of developing diabetes in adulthood is associated with weight in adolescence and weight gain during the teens and early 20s, researchers reported. In a longitudinal cohort of teens and young adults, the timing of the weight gain also appeared to play a role in diabetes risk, according to Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., a […]

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Vitamin D may lower diabetes risk in obese children and adolescents, study finds

March 29, 2013

Childhood and adolescent obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past three decades. Being obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a disease in which individuals have too much sugar in their blood. Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and […]

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Obese states: The highest and lowest rates of obesity, by state

March 18, 2013

The obesity rate in the United States is, on a whole, staying steady, according to a new Gallup-Healthways report. The report shows that the obesity rate was 26.2 percent in 2012, which is about the same as the 26.1 percent rate in 2011. State obesity rates have also largely remained unchanged, with only three states experiencing an increase in […]

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CDC projects huge diabetes jump in kids, teens

November 26, 2012

By Salynn Boyles, Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD The number of children and teens with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is expected to spike dramatically in the next 40 years, creating what one expert calls a potential catastrophe for the nation’s health care system. Rates of type 2 diabetes could increase four times over the next 40 years, and […]

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