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Prediabetes in America's youth is following a concerning trend: Rates among children have more than doubled in about 20 years, according to a new study.

The increase was seen over almost all subpopulations of young Americans, regardless of income, ethnicity and education, said study author Junxiu Liu, assistant professor of population health science and policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, included children from 12 to 19 years old and looked at data in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2018. Over that time, the rate of prediabetes in adolescents went from 11.6% to 28.2%, rising fairly steadily in that time frame.

Prediabetes is very common in adults, but 80% of those affected don't know they have it, according to the CDC. The condition is marked by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet at the diabetes threshold, and it increases a person's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

A measure intended to bring down the cost of insulin for people with diabetes is headed to the U.S. House floor for a vote Thursday.

The insulin cost controls were in the Build Back Better package that stalled due to opposition from Senate Republicans and two moderate Democrats. Several lawmakers introduced stand-alone legislation to cap insulin at $35 a month for most patients.

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