Kids Swallow More Pills As Big Waistlines Become Growing Pain

November 3rd, 2008
NEW YORK
BLOOMBERG

More American children are taking pills for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol than ever before, reflecting a rise in chronic diseases related to obesity, a study found.

Use of drugs for type-2 diabetes, the form of the disease commonly seen in overweight adults, doubled in children ages 5 to 19 and cholesterol-lowering medications rose by 15 per cent between 2002 and 2005, according to the report published today by the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. More…

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