By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:47 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 19:47 GMT, 2 December 2019
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