- November 25th 2011
Family physician Stephen Taylor, MD, had no adolescent patients with type 2 diabetes when he started his rural Vivian, La., practice 26 years ago. Now he treats children as young as 12 for the disease.
Rising obesity is one reason Dr. Taylor says there are more adolescents with type 2 diabetes. He works with patients to change their lifestyles and improve their health, but they often won't act.
"Lifestyle-related diseases have an immense effect on our overall morbidity and mortality. This is a huge problem, and we're going to have to begin to deal with it," Dr. Taylor said.
A recent study in PLoS Medicine notes that most chronic diseases, including diabetes, are caused by multiple risk factors. The study found that four preventable risk factors for chronic diseases -- adiposity, elevated blood glucose, hypertension and smoking rates -- reduce Americans' life expectancy by about 4.9 years for men and 4.1 years for women.
The findings come as obesity continues to plague the U [Read more]