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Modest Weight Loss Helps Overweight Teens Avoid Diabetes


Aug 30, 2013

Small weight loss can lead to big gain for teens

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.


Categories: Insulin Sensitivity, Obese Teens, Weight Loss



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