Facts You Should Know About STDs

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

teensApril is STD awareness month so there is no better time to remind adults of the facts about sexually transmitted diseases, and to inform teens about the facts. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the U.S. according to a 2014 report. That’s more than 54,000 new cases each day, so the chances of getting infected are high. In a recent survey with Planned Parent, 95% of women surveyed rarely or never used protection during oral sex, and 58% of them had sex without the use of a condom. This is especially alarming when you take into account that these are not monogamous couples.

The importance of educating women and men to have the sex talk with their partner before sex ever begins cannot be overlooked, and it all begins with straight talk. Women surveyed were more reluctant to bring up the topic of condom use, and taking the pill or using a barrier to prevent pregnancy does nothing to protect from an STD.

According to the American Social Health Organization, one in four teens in the U.S. becomes infected with an STD each year. By the age of 25 half of all sexually active young adults will get an STD this especially scary since not all STDs can be cured.

How to prevent an STD:

* Practicing abstinence is the only sure way to prevent STDs. Don’t have sex until you are ready to deal with every possible consequence that may happen.

* Talk about sexual health with your partner before you have sex.

* Use a condom.

* Practice monogamy. This means you agree to have sex with only one person and they mutually agree to only have sex with you. If you don’t trust them, why are you sleeping with them?

* Get checked for STDs if you have any concerns. Don’t risk giving the infection to someone else.

* Don’t use alcohol or drugs before you have sex as it distorts your thinking and decreases your ability to make healthy choices.

How to stop the spread of STDs:

* If you have an STD, stop having sex until you see a doctor and are treated.

* Follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment.

* Return to your doctor to get rechecked and don’t resume sex until you are cleared of your STD.

* Be sure your sex partner or partners are notified and get treatment.

* Always insist and be adamant that your health is first and listen to your doctor instead of your partner.

If you are concerned about having an STD, the best thing you can do for your health is to ask your healthcare provider for an STD screening. It may be embarrassing but it may also save your life. Many STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated. If either you or your partner is affected, you will both have to be treated at the same time to prevent getting re-infected. Your health must never take second place to your feelings of embarrassment or fear of losing your partner.

Please review this site for more information about STDs:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/28749816/what-you-should-know-about-sexually-transmitted-diseases.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

Facts From Diana Bitner, MD

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By Diana Bitner, MD

seniorwoman2Did you know that a woman’s errant chin hairs or even balding may be directly related to the excess belly fat they’re carrying around as they approach menopause?

“Belly fat causes unwanted hair on the chin, upper lip, sideburn, chest, belly, and backside,” said Dr. Diana Bitner of Spectrum Health Medical Group, Women’s Health. A board certified doctor in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Bitner is available to discuss the relationship between belly fat and chin hairs, questions women should be discussing with their doctors and what women can do.

· Belly fat is a storage depot and production machine for androgens such as testosterone. As belly fat increases so does the testosterone. And once the hair starts growing, it is hard to get it to stop.

· Irregular periods, belly fat, and cystic acne together can signal a serious medical condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It causes hair growth on the chin and upper lip as well as increased risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke and more belly fat!

· Hair follicles on the chin, upper lip, breasts, belly, and ‘backside’ are usually dormant in women but they can be awoken when there is enough free testosterone and estrone in the bloodstream. Thinning hair is also associated with high free testosterone levels.

· It is important to see your doctor if hair growth is progressive and the male pattern extends to sideburns, chest, and is creating thicker hair on the arms, cystic acne, if coupled with a deepening voice change.

Treatments:

· Women can chose to take testosterone medication for low libido in perimenopause and menopause. Low levels can be helpful but it is important to have blood levels monitored; too much medicine can cause blood levels above 70 and lead to permanent thick dark hair growth, high cholesterol, cystic acne, aggression, and male pattern baldness.

· Women who lose the belly fat can reverse the process and get rid of the unwanted hair. It can take time because the hair follicles operate on a continuous 3-6 month cycle. Methods such as laser and electrolysis can be used to remove the hair can help short-term, but only weight loss can keep new hairs from growing.

· Medications to treat unwanted facial hair growth such as the diuretic spironolactone acts to block the testosterone receptor and reduce testosterone production. The birth control pill can be very effective to stop new hair from growing as well as reduce the occurrence of cystic acne-another condition caused by excess testosterone and belly fat.

– Diana Bitner, MD, of Spectrum Health Medical Group, Women’s Health, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner in the North American Menopause Society. Dr. Bitner started a menopause group at Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan and put together a process called WAIPointes—Who Am I—to treat menopause symptoms and reduce risk factors for chronic disease. She also is founder of True Women’s Health (www.truewomenshealth.com). She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Butterworth Hospital. Dr. Bitner has special interests in women’s wellness and prevention of heart disease, menopause, perimenopause, libido concerns, metabolic syndrome, and pelvic surgery. She is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

– Submitted by Angela Crawford

Cyber Bullying Facts And Tips

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collegegirlcomputerCourtesy of PRWeb, what is your opinion of this article from nobullying.com? Please share you comments below.

Cyber Bullying Facts and Tips, A NoBullying Guide released Today http://nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-tips/

Cyber bullying exists on the digital plane. It is the act of harassment, mockery, and cruelty put forth via computers, telephones, and other digital platforms. This kind of bullying is ultra popular on social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook. A bully, in these situations, can cause a lot of emotional pain by broadcasting their bullying to the world. NoBullying releases today a complete guide to cyber bullying facts and cyber bullying tips.

When people look to cyber bullying tips they will find conflicting information. Some misinformed sources believe that cyber bullying is just another ‘thing that kids do’. Ignoring cyber bullying is one of the worst things parents can do. Ignoring cyber bullying safety tips will just put the victim regardless of age, at more risk.

The guide also looks at what is cyber bullying as cyber bullying is a new twist on an old act of terrorism. The digital world gives the bully more people to be mean in front of which can cause the horrors of the victim to be compounded.

With the advent of the Internet, more and more young people are partaking of social media to communicate with family and friends. Although social media has many positive aspects,there is one very real downside which is the risk of cyber bully attacks. Cyber bullies use Internet technology such as group messaging to launch such attacks as spreading lies and gossip, slandering a person’s reputation and threatening to do others harm, it is one of the internet dangers.

Many social sites now come with privacy options that can help protect people from cyber bullying attacks. It’s important that young people with social media accounts learn how to use these options to protect themselves from bullies and other types of cyber attacks. Parents can also take precautions by monitoring their pre-teen or young teen’s online activities to ensure their kids are safe from bullying incidents.

In order for bullying to cease, it must be combated on all fronts. Parents, children, teens and teachers need to work together to rid their schools and communities of bullying attacks. A stance against bullying is the first step towards cultivating greater respect between individuals and enhancing today’s educational and moral standards.

Ciaran Connolly, Co Founder of NoBullying, notes that these questions need more research on the parents’ side. There is no one article or one resource that could parents at ease when it comes to their children’s safety in school and online.

Connolly says “Cyberbullying is still running rampant in our society. It needs to stop now.”

He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.

NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.

The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.

He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.

12 Fun Facts About Dentistry

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By Dr. A. Fakhimi

malesmileDid you know that every person has a unique set of teeth that is all their own, just like a fingerprint? Tongue prints are also unique for every individual, even among identical twins. However, that is only one of several awesome facts you should know about the field of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are curious about the history of dental tools or cosmetic dentistry procedures, dentistry has a well established past that shows the value of its importance for healthcare. Check out a dozen of the most interesting facts about the dental industry.

History of Dental Tools

• In 1498 the Chinese began to manufacturer toothbrushes containing bristles. These bristles came from the bristles of horses, hogs and badgers. However, it wasn’t until 1938 that the first toothbrush was made commercially and distributed to toothy individuals worldwide.

• The first mouth rinse was most likely concocted by the ancient Gauls during Roman days. They are documented to have swished urine around in their mouth rinse as a tooth whitener.

• In 373 A.D. the first toothpaste formula was created. It was discovered etched into a dusty sheet of papyrus that was hidden in a Viennese museum basement. However, it took Colgate until 1873 to create commercialized toothpaste.

• Prior to commercially prepared toothpaste, people took rough items, such as burnt cow hooves or crushed eggshell, and used these as abrasives to clean teeth.

• The earliest toothbrushes were individual’s fingers or twigs from plants, such as Neem twigs that have high antibacterial properties.

Off-the-Wall Tidbits

• Certain foods help you to keep your pearly whites up to par. For example, eating a nibble of cheese, particularly hard cheeses including aged cheddar, after a meal will help clean your choppers.

• The cap on your toothpaste tube harbors all sorts of harmful bacteria. It’s best to leave the toothpaste cap off between brushings.

• A dentist named Dr. Alfred Southwick invented the electric chair.

Famous Faces of Dentistry

• That famous Brit who yelled the most famous words of the American Revolution, Paul Revere, was a dentist, as well as a copper plate engraver and silversmith.

• In one of the most famous portraits of American artists, a dentist is portrayed as a farmer holding a pitchfork. This painting, by Grant Wood, is titled “American Gothic.”

• The first woman to graduate from professional dentistry school was Lucy Hobbs Taylor. In 1866 she received a degree as Doctor of Dental Surgery.

• Zane Grey, best known for writing westerns with titles including “Riders of the Purple Sage” and “The Heritage of the Desert,” got his professional start as a dentist.

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can ensure that you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. By going on a regular dental schedule, you can prevent many dental issues, such as tooth decay and plaque buildup. Save money in the long term by maintaining regular dental checkups, and you’ll appreciate the peace of mind afforded to you by your dentist.

– Dr. Fakhimi specializes in cosmetic dentistry procedures in San Diego, California. He graduated From University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and attended one of the top ranked dental schools in the country, Tufts University of Dental Medicine in Boston where he excelled in his class and received his Doctorate degree in 1997.

Facts About Muscle Gain And Weight Loss – Part 2

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By Johnny Hart

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

saladplate9. Eat 5-6 small meals/snacks during the day. The simplest way to accomplish this would be to eat a moderate breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a compact snack between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, after which a compact snack in the evening. You should condition your system to enjoy every 3 to three 1/couple of hours. You should not restrict calories a lot of, this can decrease metabolic process and absolutely stop progress dead in the tracks.

10. You should develop a synergy between proper nutrition, moderate aerobics, and intense, brief weight-training. The resolution to weight-loss lie within almost all these. That is why diets, Dieters, Jenny Craig, as well as other programs will not be long-term successful. Several of such elements is missing.

11. Small, steady steps will bring about progression, that may bring about results, that will increase motivation, that could again increase results, which often will bring about long-term change.

12. For the very best results with muscle building and fat-loss, five days weekly, thirty minutes a day is most appropriate. A lot more than five days so you risk overtraining. Below five days and you might avoid seeing optimal muscle development results.

13. You need to incorporate resistance weight-training into your unwanted weight-loss efforts. Fat is metabolized by muscle, muscle literally will use-up more calories simply to maintain itself. Increased lean body mass helps your whole body to hurry up its metabolism (again, increased metabolism being the main element to weight-loss.

14. An excessive amount aerobic activity are going to be counterproductive on your muscle mass building efforts. 2-three days per week, 20-a half-hour each session is optimal. Again, more just isn’t better, better is more preferable.

15. Diets fail to work, so never try and diet. Diets certainly are a flawed method which create to much pain (pain/pleasure-unpleasure principle). You’ll be able to diet for just a shorter time, even so the real and mental cravings come, leading someone to binge and eat a lot more than you should have.

16. Select one day every week and cheat. Eat anything you like, and that i mean anything, but merely turn it into a moderate amount. Then be strict with the other 6 days weekly.

17. At last, one of the most effective and easy way to gain muscle and loss weight is by using different kinds of supplements available in markets. Supplements like Clenbuterol and Sustanon help effectively in gaining muscle and losing weight properly.

– Johnny Hart is a professional health blogger. He started his proficiency by practicing on his self. He has written extensively in the areas of fitness, health and get ideas on weight loss by use of clenbuterol, diet tips, muscle mass and much more! He would like to go out at beach and fond of traveling, sports etc.

Facts About Muscle Gain And Weight Loss – Part 1

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By Johnny Hart

weightlossballtextThe concept of you exploring gym, busting your buttocks off sculpting a fresh body, and learn that have you been working your system of burning fat.So I have discovered lots of muscle mass building facts and fitness observations.I need to to express one of the most important ones along with you, in this post.

1. To be able to follow your fitness routine with the long haul, you have to identify the “why” behind what you are doing. Uncover, specifically, what you wish to switch and the reasons you would like to change. Take advantage of this being your thrust.

2. You will must associate pleasure with all your anaerobic exercise routine and pain without requiring investing your fitness routine. Humans naturally do stuff are pleasurable and get away from issues that create pain.

3. We have been after long-term, permanent results, so there won’t be any quick fixes and gimmicks. We will develop a life-style change which will be simple settle for. No calorie counting or points, simply make better choices and healthier, moderate portions.

4. Always think quality over quantity. Therefore more exercising is not better on the subject of muscle development, better is way better. The majority of people I are exposed to work excessive and eat weak hands.

5. The important thing to permanent fat-loss is usually to speed your metabolism. Once this is achieved, weight-loss becomes permanent.

6. The main technique of altering your body needs time to work. Dedicate yourself to a minimum of 90 days to literally transform one’s body. Chances are you’ll see some results until then, but ninety days really you will need to view achievement.

7. Through the first couple of weeks of an anaerobic exercise program, you’ll recognize that your scale weight either doesn’t change or it could range in price up a tad.
Toss the scale out your window, doesn’t necessarily separate fat and muscle, then when you first of all obtain a dose of muscle from the beginning, the size weight is going up. Which is a a valuable thing. With time the dimensions weight Lowers.

8. You will need to eat often and moderate comes down to increase your metabolism. When you eat often, your whole body utilizes and in time breaks down the food often, bringing about less stored unwanted fat.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Johnny Hart is a professional health blogger. He started his proficiency by practicing on his self. He has written extensively in the areas of fitness, health and get ideas on weight loss by use of clenbuterol, diet tips, muscle mass and much more! He would like to go out at beach and fond of traveling, sports etc.

Cholesterol – Facts, Not Fear

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By Paul J. Rosen

eggsEvery time I hear another health report on the reasons to eat low fat I want to scream. Every time I read another article about the “evil” nature of saturated fat I become apoplectic. So I’ll get right to the point.

The cholesterol story is made up ~ it’s fiction! Surprised? As a healthcare practitioner I was shocked by what I discovered. But this discovery explains why nutritional healing programs are so successful in restoring heart health.

Unbiased studies around the world have shown that there is very little relationship between cholesterol numbers and heart disease. In fact, the co-director of the Framingham study back in the 1960s, George Mann, ScD, MD, said: “The diet-heart hypothesis has been repeatedly shown to be wrong, and yet, for complicated reasons of pride, profit and prejudice, the hypothesis continues to be exploited by scientists, fund-raising enterprises, food companies and even governmental agencies. The public is being deceived by the greatest health scam of the century.”

And yet, this study is considered by organizations across this country as proof that high cholesterol is predictive of heart disease. Huh?

So why would all those we look to for guidance regarding our health perpetuate this cholesterol myth? Perhaps some haven’t done their homework. But the cynical view is ~ follow the money, baby!

Although I don’t consider myself a cynic, a close look at how cholesterol guidelines are set in the first place and by whom certainly gives me pause.

healthyheartbpJoseph Mercola, MD, in a recent expose on cholesterol noted that in 2004, the U.S. government’s National Cholesterol Education Program panel advised those at risk for heart disease to attempt to reduce their LDL cholesterol to specific, very low, levels ~ levels that can be reached in most cases only by using cholesterol-lowering drugs. But, in 2006 a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine[viii] found that there was insufficient evidence to support the target numbers outlined by the panel. The recommendations were adopted anyway.

Why? The simple answer lies in who comprised the panel of experts: 8 of 9 members had ties to the pharmaceutical industry. And by lowering the cholesterol numbers, more people are swept into the eligible pool for prescription medications.

Are there people who could benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs? Perhaps, but the pool is very small. Dr. Mercola wrote that the total cholesterol number was just about worthless for predicting heart disease unless it exceeds 330 and even then a close look at HDL levels is important.

For example, I had a patient who reported her total cholesterol to be above 300 but her HDL was above 140. Her doctor did not recommend medications and encouraged her to keep doing what she was doing.

Here’s another interesting factoid for you: Of the substances most often found in clogged arteries, 74% are unsaturated fatty acids. You heard me right. So much for the myth that “saturated fat clogs arteries.”

Saturated fat is not the enemy. Saturated fat is required to build every cell in your body.

Now take a close look at the risks associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs. They include nerve damage to hands and feet, dizziness, memory loss and cognitive impairment, suppression of the immune system, depression and liver damage.

Saturated fat is not the enemy. Saturated fat is required to build every cell in your body. It provides the basis to make and utilize Vitamin D. It provides the backbone for hormone production including the anti-inflammatory steroid hormones. And too little saturated fat forms the basis for emotional instability.

So don’t be afraid of saturated fats. Facts trump fear and the facts here are clear.

If you want to lower your cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL then lower your consumption of grains and processed sugars. Eat plenty of high quality organic fats like olive oil, coconut oil, raw dairy, avocados, nuts, eggs and grass-fed meats. Remember, your health depends on what you put in your mouth. You ate your way there and you can eat your way out. It’s the food, folks. Please remember to keep yours fresh.

– Guest author, Paul J.Rosen, AcuNatural Family Healthcare

Immunity Myths And Facts

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qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

Test your knowledge regarding immunity.

1. Which of the following comprises your immune system?
a. Your white blood cells (wbc’s) aka Cell-Mediated Immune System
b. Your lymphoid tissue
c. Your immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE)….aka Humeral Immune System
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above, and more, comprise your immune SYSTEMS!

2. True or False: Herbs such as Echinacea, goldenseal and Astragalus increase immunity?

ANSWER: True and False: The herbs are known as biological-response modifiers which means that if your immune system is low they will increase it; and if your immune system if high it will decrease it.

3. True or False: 60-70% of your immune system is located in your small intestine?

ANSWER: True – the GI tract comprises the majority of the immune system within what is known as, The Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue. Remember This – To balance your immune system you must maximize your nutrition. First, you need to test (i.e., blood work) your various immune systems and provide the specific balance of lifestyle factors including herbs and various nutritional supplements to kick it into high gear!

4. True or False: As we age, our immune system(s) can both increase and decrease at the same time?

ANSWER: True – the cell-mediated immune system (the white blood cells) often decreases with aging while the humeral immune system (immunoglobulins) increases; this increase is sometimes called auto-immune disease.

5. Which of the following nutritional compounds can potentially improve (balance) immunity?

a. Ginseng
b. Testosterone
c. Plant proteins
d. Glandular supplements (i.e., thymus, intestine, spleen, liver, etc.)
e. NAC
f. Vitamin C

ANSWER: All of these can help balance protein. Here is a partial explanation – Ginseng, actually a group of adaptogenic herbs, powerfully modifies cell-mediated immunity. Testosterone is essential for all aspects of immunity and is anti-infectious. Plant proteins are essential for both the cell-mediated and humeral immune systems. Glandulars reduce autoimmune processes by affecting the humeral immune system. NAC is a precursor to a powerful immune modulating substance known as glutathione. Vitamin C modifies both the cell and humeral immune systems.

6. True or False: Consuming immune modifying nutritional compounds is always safe?

ANSWER: False – Immune modulating nutrients always have other effects and may have adverse effects. There use should be based on physical signs and symptoms, lab work, medications, other nutrients and other factors.

– Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

National Childhood Obesity Facts

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From Your Health Journal…..”As many of you know, I support a program called SPARK, and I encourage you to visit their site for some great information (link below). They have some great material on their web site, as well as a super program to help children lead healthy lifestyles and fight childhood obesity. When they post about childhood obesity, people should read it, as this is one of their main purposes. Childhood obesity is growing daily in many areas of the US and world. Although recently, there were some positive news about small declines in various parts of the US, it is not to be underestimated. Educating families on the importance of healthy lifestyle in mandatory, and encouraging children to take pride and effort in healthy lifestyle is also important. Please visit my friends at SPARK to learn more.”

From the article…..

Childhood obesity is a major concern in the United States. Over the past few decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children suffering from obesity. Kids are staying indoors more with limited physical activity and increased caloric consumption, resulting in a nationwide epidemic of obesity in our children. There are hundreds of organizations, large and small, fighting to stem this trend and help get our kids’ health back in check. But a business or non-profit can’t do it alone. Parents and kids must both be willing to change their habits to create a healthier lifestyle.

Causes of Childhood Obesity

There are many causes for childhood obesity, and sometimes a complex combination of circumstances work together to put our children at risk. One thing we know for sure is that reduced physical activity in school is a component and a risk factor for childhood obesity. Studies have shown that throughout our nation, less than one third of school-aged children (age 6-17) engage in physical activity – that is, activity that makes them sweat and increase breathing and heart rate for at least 20 minutes. And that’s just the minimum recommended amount of physical activity. There is no surprise here that childhood obesity has become a frightening epidemic in our country.

Risks of Child Obesity

High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure: High levels of “bad” cholesterol called LDL and also high blood pressure are common in obese children.

Bone and Joint Problems: There have been numerous cases of obese children experiencing a slipped growth plate in their hip bone.

Sleep Apnea: Obstruction of the child’s airway is common and can result in many other day-to-day problems like poor school performance and nighttime bedwetting on top of the primary risk where the individual stops breathing in their sleep.

Psychological Problems: Probably the most severe risk of obesity in kids is their emotional and psychological health. Kids will develop poor self-esteem and accept the fact that they will be obese their entire lives, making it extremely difficult for them to change their lifestyle in later years.

Type 2 Diabetes: What used to be only of concern in adults and very rare in children is not a major concern for obese kids.

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