Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Fit Teens and Young Adults Have Reduced Diabetes Risk

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Fit Teens and Young Adults Have Reduced Diabetes Risk

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Dear Doctor K: My teenage son doesn't like sports or exercise. Diabetes runs in our family. You say exercise protects against diabetes and is valuable even in young adults. Can you give me some ammunition to convince my teenager to exercise?

Dear Reader: A new study has been published that provides an answer. Most studies of exercise have been in adults, often older adults. Until this recent study, there wasn't a lot of information about teenagers.

The new study looked at 1.5 million teenage men enlisted in the military in Sweden between the years 1969 and 1997. None had diabetes at the time they entered the military. Because military service is required in Sweden, these young men included over 97 percent of all Swedish men aged 18. Health records were available for all the men, for up to the next 40 years. …

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