Good news hidden in bad news for young adults

The bad news is that according to a study published in the journal, Pediatrics, roughly 25 % of North American young people (ages 19-34, or your typical millennials, in other words) have the metabolic profile of pre-diabetes, meaning that if things don’t change – or more accurately if they don’t change things for themselves – then many (likely most, perhaps nearly all) will go on to develop frank diabetes.

And diabetes is, of course, a condition linked to such nasty long-term complications as strokes, heart attacks, colon cancer, amputations, blindness, kidney failure and several others.

So what’s the good news?

It’s hidden in that first paragraph: The great majority of people with pre-diabetes have their future in their own hands to a great extent because attention to weight control, diet, exercise, and all the other things on the centuries-old list of healthy lifestyle adjustments can not only stop pre-diabetes in its tracks but can actually reverse those changes.