According to new research, youth ages 12 to 19 make up 28 percent of Americans on the cusp of developing type 2 diabetes.

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According to research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, these youth have prediabetes, which means that the level of sugar, or glucose, in their bodies is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The research also discovered that the number of youths with prediabetes has more than doubled in recent years, from 12 percent in 1999 to 28 percent in 2018.

They found it was more prevalent among young boys and youths who are overweight or obese. The CDC reports that in adults, nearly 1 in 3 or 96 million Americans have prediabetes. Prediabetes will often lead to diabetes but can also make for a much higher risk of heart disease.

Prediabetes is tricky because usually, there are no symptoms, so most people do not know that they have it. Prediabetes comes from the body not being able to turn glucose into energy. To do this, the body needs insulin to help move the glucose, but if the body does not make enough or can’t use it correctly, too much glucose remains in the body and can lead to damage.

Many have spoked on their success in curing or reversing diabetes with a plant-based whole food diet. NYC mayor Eric Adams has been vocal about his journey with Type 2 diabetes and how the diet saved him. A healthy diet and regular activity can make the difference in stopping or reversing diabetes.

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With our foods and processed items containing more and more sugar, it is vital to know the consequences of increased sugar intake and what this can do to your body. It’s important to remember that progression is preventable! Sign this petition to raise awareness about the detection, management, and resources for diabetes and to show your support for the millions of Americans living with this disease.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer, and has many side effects.

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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