Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents with Prediabetes

SSS epidemiologists Sarah Casagrande and Andy Menke are the first two authors of an article in Diabetic Medicine that describes the results of a data analysis to explore cardiovascular disease risk factors among adolescents without type 2 diabetes. Based on data from the 2005–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 17.4 percent of adolescents had prediabetes and those with prediabetes were more likely to have obesity, low levels of HDL-cholesterol, high triglycerides, and elevated liver transaminase than adolescents with normal glucose. The authors conclude that addressing prediabetes in youth is important for preventing type 2 diabetes. Other authors of the article include researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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