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The Double Trouble: Rising Diabetes and Obesity in U.S. Young Adults and their Metabolic Maladaptation

According to a 2023 study of the NHANES survey data, there has been a concerning rise in diabetes and obesity in young adults. The study found that those who consumed high levels of processed and sugary foods had a higher risk of developing these conditions. This is a worrying trend, as diabetes and obesity can lead to a range of metabolic complications and even shorten life expectancy.

In addition, the study also suggests a decline in the rate of hyperlipidemia, which is another concerning sign. This may suggest poor steroid hormone responses and a compromised body adaptation to these metabolic imbalances. Given that this study focused on young adults, it is even more concerning, as this modern-day lifestyle may have long-term health consequences for the next generations.

Aggarwal R, Yeh RW, Joynt Maddox KE, Wadhera RK. Cardiovascular Risk Factor Prevalence, Treatment, and Control in US Adults Aged 20 to 44 Years, 2009 to March 2020. JAMA. Published online March 05, 2023. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.2307

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