Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk

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Among kids, teens and young adults, private insurance claims for type 2 diabetes more than doubled from 2011 to 2015, according to a new paper from an organization that analyzes healthcare costs and insurance. Obesity claims also increased during this same time period.

The report from FAIR Health adds to the concerning data on obesity and diabetes among youth. While obesity among children has leveled off in recent years, the increase over the past several decades now means more than one in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

The findings hold concerning information on cancer risk as these youth may face many decades later. Read more… “Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk”

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    AICR joins National Obesity Care Week – here’s why

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    This week, the 2nd Annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. AICR is proud to join the campaign.

    Today, more than a third of the adult population is affected by obesity. The number of adults who are affected by severe obesity continues to rise.

    These statistics have serious implications for cancer rates. Aside from not smoking, staying a healthy weight is the single largest risk factor related to cancer. AICR research links excess body fat to eleven cancers, including colorectal, post-menopausal breast, esophageal and stomach. Read more… “AICR joins National Obesity Care Week – here’s why”

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      30 Seconds from Doctors May Help Overweight Patients Take Action to Lose Weight

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      Excess weight increases the risk for many chronic diseases, including 11 cancers, but physicians may not bring up weight loss with their patients because they’re pressed for time, fear patients may be offended, or worry that bringing up weight loss won’t make much of a difference.

      Now a new study published in The Lancet suggests that if primary care doctors take just 30 seconds to refer patients to a weight management program, physicians can help overweight and obese patients lose weight.

      This trial involved 1,882 adult participants categorized as obese (a BMI of at least 30 or 25 if they were Asian) with an elevated body fat percentage. Participants were recruited from primary care office waiting rooms in the south of England and randomized to either a support or advice group. Read more… “30 Seconds from Doctors May Help Overweight Patients Take Action to Lose Weight”

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