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A fifth of US teens and a quarter of young adults have prediabetes, CDC data reveal Researchers reviewed data from 5,800 teens and young adults between 2005 and 2016 They found 18% of teens and 24% of young adults had dangerously high blood sugar levels Males were twice as likely to have prediabetes, and Hispanic young adults had the highest rates 

By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:47 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 19:47 GMT, 2 December 2019

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One in five US adolescents, and one in four young adults, have prediabetes, according to a new study of government data. 

Records show 18 percent of 12- to 18-year-olds, and 24 percent of adults aged 19 to 34 have prediabetes, meaning they have unhealthily high blood sugar levels, but their condition is reversible.    

Once a patient passes the threshold of type 2 diabetes, it is not reversible.  

Responding to the report, Dr Robert R Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said poor diets, lack of exercise, and stress among young people today are to blame. 

'The prevalence of prediabetes in adolescents and young adults reinforces the critical need for effective public health strategies that promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, and stress management,' Dr Redfield said.

'These lifestyle behaviors

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