Open Standard Media Player version 1.3
Two disturbing reports are out this week about the health of our youth; both painting an ominous picture about why America needs to turn around our obesity epidemic.
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 pre–diabetic.
Not only that, those that had type 1 diabetes also had dangerous symptoms that could lead to diabetic coma or even death if untreated.
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.
In the last 40 years, cases of type 1 diabetes in children has increased three to five percent each year.
New data also finds the number of young Americans on a crash course with heart disease has soared.
The study paints a grim picture saying 50 percent of overweight and obese kids have one risk factor that leads to future cardiac problems.
Thirty-four–hundred people ages 12 to 19 were the focus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey.
There's a new warning about a widely–prescribed antibiotic.
A study suggests people who take Z–Pak have a two and a half times higher risk of death from cardiovascular causes.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that higher risk in the first five days of using Z–Pak when compared to other common antibiotics.
Z–Pak is used to treat everything from sore throats to bronchitis.
Doctors wrote more than 55–million prescriptions for it last year.
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating.