Key Points

Question  What is the prevalence of prediabetes in US adolescents and young adults?

Findings  In this survey study of 5786 US adolescents and young adults, the prevalence of prediabetes was lower among adolescents than young adults and significantly higher in male than female individuals and in those with obesity overall. Participants with prediabetes in both age groups had significantly higher non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, systolic blood pressure, central adiposity, and lower insulin sensitivity than individuals with normal glucose tolerance.

Meaning  Adolescents and young adults with prediabetes present an unfavorable cardiometabolic risk profile and are therefore at increased risk of not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular diseases.

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