These medical supplies can help manage diabetes in teens

To what use could teens put diabetic management medical supplies? You might ask.  As it turns out, more teenagers in the U.S. have pre-diabetes or diabetes than was previously believed – and many of them are not aware they have disease – according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Now, the best way to establish whether or not one has diabetes is to be diagnosed by a healthcare professional – whom one should see if one experiences certain symptoms (including but not limited to increased urination, increased thirst, weight loss caused dehydration, and possibly increased hunger, and blurred vision.

As lead author Andy Menke of Social & Scientific Systems in Silver Spring said, “there are effective treatments, but those treatments are not useful to people who have not been diagnosed.” In other words, there are medical supplies that can help manage diabetes, such as glucose meters, test strips, lancets, syringes, and diabetic shoes and socks, etc. however, even such low-priced products as are available at Discount Medical Supplies can do little good if people don’t know they can put them to good use because they don’t even know they have diabetes. Even more alarming is it “to see such a high incidence of [childhood] diabetes when it should be close to zero” director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City Dr. Joel Zonszein said. “The very high prevalence of prediabetes, diabetes and especially undiagnosed diabetes in adolescents is worrisome.”

Previous research suggested that prevalence of diabetes in teenagers to be at approximately .34%. The new study, based on data from the 2005-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that about 1% of over 2,600 subjects aged 12-19 had diabetes – meaning the prevalence would be more along the lines of .8% –, while almost one third of all the cases (29% of 62 teenagers with diabetes) had gone diagnosed. Furthermore, nearly 20% of the teens had pre-diabetes; that is, higher than normal blood glucose levels, yet not as high as to warrant a diabetes diagnosis. Most people with pre-diabetes will go on to develop full-on diabetes if they do not change their lifestyle habits. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and excess body weight.

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommend overweight or obese people to lose 5%-7% of their weight, as well as a minimum of 30 minutes of mild exercise five days a week. Parents can also help by preparing their children and teenagers healthy, smaller meal portions that are low in fat, sugar, and salt. Finally, check the variety of diabetic medical supplies in stock at Discount Medical Supplies.

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