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What are the risks of obesity and diabetes in teens?

What are the risks of obesity and diabetes in teens?

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. ...Read more

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What types of social problems do obese teens and adults face?

What types of social problems do obese teens and adults face?

Many in addition: In addition, it is well known that obese people earn less money at their job, also are less likely to get a job.Obesity is often judged by others as a sign that a person could be lazy or not work as hard at their job. In todays world, where jobs are not as plentiful, obesity could stand in a person's way when he/she applies for a job. Please note that I do not agree with these negative perceptions. ...Read more

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What older age groups are at risk of prescription drug abuse?

What older age groups are at risk of prescription drug abuse?

Drug abuse: All age groups are at risk. Older folks are less likely to misuse/abuse but they are not totally immune. ...Read more

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Do women face greater health risks from alcohol abuse than men?

Do women face greater health risks from alcohol abuse than men?

No: According to the CDC, US men have higher rates of alcohol abuse and dependence (17% lifetime) than women (8%). Men also have much higher rates of injury and hospitalization related to alcohol. Male drivers are twice as likely to be intoxicated in fatal car accidents than female drivers. Men who commit suicide are more likely than women to have consumed alcohol. ...Read more

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What health risks are associated with teen alcohol?

What health risks are associated with teen alcohol?

Teen alcohol: Squeglia et al in 2012 showed that adolescents who drink heavily in their teenage years exhibit less efficient processing of information and have less activation in certain brain areas than those who do not start to drink. The researchers also found that the teens who drank heavily had brains that were less efficient at processing information than the nondrinkers. ...Read more

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Are people with autism at more risk of health problems?

Are people with autism at more risk of health problems?

Yes: People with autism have a higher risk of several types of health problems such as seizures, gastrointestinal problems and adhd. The communication difficulties in autism can also make it difficult for medical professionals to detect other problems such as heart burn or constipation. Many healthcare professionals receive limited training in autism. ...Read more

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Are people of every age at risk for dissociative disorder?

No: Dissociation is a defense that generally starts due to trauma before age 5. It is impossible to create a person with a dissociative disorder after the age of 16, and likely 13. ...Read more

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Why are tall, slender men at higher risk for developing spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why are tall, slender men at higher risk for developing spontaneous pneumothorax?

Unknown reason: Spontaneous pneumothorax, where a lung leaks air (from a broken bleb) into the chest cavity space, occurs more often in persons with taller, slender bodies. The reason is not known, but maybe taller lungs develop blebs ("bubbles" with air just under the lung's covering) more easily, or break blebs more easily. Men may be affected more often because they are taller than women. ...Read more

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Why women smokers are at higher risk of CHF and CVD than male smokers ??

Why women smokers are at higher risk of CHF and CVD than male smokers ??

Smoking: Women have smaller diameter blood vessels so the toxic effects of smoke are magnified. About 3000 toxins have been identified in tobacco smoke so it is best to stop tobacco use of any kind for both sexes. Fortunately, the politicians have begun to realize that the tax revenue gained from allowing tobacco to be sold, is more that negated by the decrease in health and productivity of smokers. ...Read more

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What types of social problems do obese adolescents face?

What types of social problems do obese adolescents face?

Depends: We all face social problems and there are no particular social problems associated with being obese. However people may face social problems based on a lot of factors like being obese or too thin, too tall or too short, white, black, yellow or red and on and on. Any of these can become a problem or not depending on how we view ourselves and cope with these factors relative to those around us. ...Read more

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Are teenage pregnancies higher risk?

Are teenage pregnancies higher risk?

Yes : Pregnant teenagers face different challenges. Medically speaking, they are at higher risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, and increased infant mortality. They also have higher rates of depression and children with delayed cognitive abilities. This doesn't include the huge socioeconomic burden that teenage pregnancy brings to the table. ...Read more

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Risk Factors for scoliosis at the age of eleven?

Risk Factors for scoliosis at the age of eleven?

Risk factors: Risk factors for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis progression are age and size of curve. For more information visit www.eSpine.com under scoliosis ...Read more

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What are the health risks of being overweight?

What are the health risks of being overweight?

Overweight: Many health risks: Diabetes Hypertension High levels of multiple liver problems. The list goes on! Please see your doctor about this as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with smoking cigarettes for young female teens?

What negative health consequences are associated with smoking cigarettes for young female teens?

Many: Anyone can suffer serious effects from cigarette smoking. Smoking cigarettes can cause lung, mouth and throat cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and make all respiratory problems (asthma, ear infections, bronchitis, sinus infections, emphysema) much worse. Smoking cigarettes can stain your teeth, nails and tongue, causing terrible breath. ...Read more

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What are some common health consequences of being obese?

What are some common health consequences of being obese?

DM, BP and arthritis: The most common problem with long term obesity is arthritis. Carrying around extra weight causes a lot of wear on the hips knees and ankles as well as the lower back. If you have diabetes and high blood pressure in the family then being overweight can make those problems worse as well. ...Read more

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A 21 year old with a history of alcohol and smoking abuse. What are the chances of developing esophageal cancer at this age ?

A 21 year old with a history of alcohol and smoking abuse. What are the chances of developing esophageal cancer at this age ?

Not yet: Chances are slim for this age group. Later in life chances of this cancer and many other cancers starts to escalate. There is never a better time to quit than now! ...Read more

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What are the major risk factors during teenage pregnancy?

What are the major risk factors during teenage pregnancy?

See below: Depression is one risk for teenage pregnancy. The young mother, may not feel prepared, and there maybe a lack of support from family members, and friends. The teenage mother will have to learn how to juggle motherhood and school. ...Read more

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What are the risks in weight training too young?

What are the risks in weight training too young?

Weight Training: The main risks with weight lifting too young is injury and stunting of growth. In children, tendon attachments to bone are particularly susceptible to injury and irritation due to the growing body. Growth stunting can occur when growth plates in bone are overwhelmed by force. In general strength training is much safer than weight lifting and body building for children who are still growing. ...Read more

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