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Nearly 1 in 4 of Teens Diabetic Or Prediabetic

One in four American children are diabetic or prediabetic.

Judith Garcia, 19, fills a syringe as she prepares to give herself an injection of insulin at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, Calif., Sunday, April 29, 2012. A major study, released Sunday, tested several ways to manage blood sugar in teens newly diagnosed with diabetes and found that nearly half of them failed within a few years and 1 in 5 suffered serious complications. Garcia still struggles to manage her diabetes with metformin and insulin years after taking part in the study at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics says one out of every four youth in the U.S. is diabetic or prediabetic.

Not only that those that had Type 1 diabetes also had dangerous symptoms that could lead to diabetic coma or even death if untreated.

More than half the patients were hospitalized at diagnosis.

The study looked at people below 20 years of age.

Alarmingly, children from infants to 4-years-old, were more likely to have a serious diabetic condition, and the percentage of those with the disease decreased for young people between 15 to 19-years-old.

In the last 40 years cases of Type 1 diabetes in children has increased three to five percent annually worldwide.


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