According to the latest numbers, one third of American children and teens are overweight or obese. That puts them at greater risk for developing Type II diabetes, or what is now being referred to as "diabesity." But a new study has a harsh warning for teens who may be headed down this path: Prevention is key, because if you develop diabetes, you'll have a very hard time controlling it.  


A major study released on April 29 aimed to determine the best possible method teens could use to control blood sugar. The study looked at the current methods for teens diagnosed with diabetes to control their blood sugar and found that nearly half of the teens were unable to manage their blood sugar at all within a few years.


One in five suffered serious complications as a result. The longer blood sugar stays out of control, the greater one's risk of developing secondary conditions such as vision loss, nerve damage, skin disorders, erectile dysfunction and heart disease.


The message for teens is clear: Take steps now to get healthy or suffer a slippery slope of health consequences.


The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at a recent pediatric meeting in Boston.