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what are the risks of obesity and diabetes in teens?

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Dr. Richard Scofield
Diabetology 33 years experience
Diabetes and others: Being obese at any age puts you at higher risk of developing diabetes and hypertension and of having an undesirable cholesterol pattern. The big worry for teens is that you have so many years of anticipated life ahead of you (more so than someone in middle age) so that developing these problems at an early age is more likely to lead to complications of diabetes and/or early cardiovascular disease.
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Obesity and Diabetes: The risk of obesity and diabetes has reached epidemic levels. Children need to be taught good eating habits and exercise early in life to avoid both.

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