Modest Weight Loss Helps Overweight Teens Avoid Diabetes

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According to an article in the Journal of Pediatrics, even a small increase in activity and better eating patterns can help decrease an obese teen’s risk of developing diabetes.

A study done by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reviewed data on 113 teenagers, ages 13-17, with an average weight of 200 pounds. Researchers looked at the teens’ body mass index, the ratio of weight to height, with the goal of improving insulin sensitivity.

The takeaway: As little as an 8 percent weight loss (16 lbs.) led to better use of insulin. In addition to lowering the risk of diabetes among teens with pre-diabetic conditions, the news for teens who already have diabetes is that even a modest weight loss can help control their condition.

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