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Monday, 2 November 2015

Growing number of young people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes used to be known as "adult-onset" because it's most common among middle aged the elderly. But not anymore...

A growing number of young people are being diagnosed with the illness, like 15 year old Hadassah Lewis, who loves to sing and draw. She also has type 2 diabetes. She was diagnosed when she was just 11 years old.

Dr. Andrew Muir of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says, "There are more children being diagnosed with adult onset or type 2 diabetes and more adults that are being diagnosed with type 1 or pediatric onset diabetes."

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that between 2001 and 2009, the cases of type 2 diabetes cases jumped by over 30 percent in children aged 10 to 19. Dr. Dana Dabelea at the University of Colorado, Denver says, "The obesity epidemic is resulting in what we are seeing today as adult onset type two diabetes happening in children."

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95 percent have type 2 diabetes, and Dr. Muir says controlling type two diabetes in kids isn't as successful as it is in adults saying, "About half of kids who get type 2 diabetes need insulin within 3 to 5 years which is a lot sooner than we see in adults. "

The bottom line when it comes to preventing type two diabetes: Stay active and eat healthy, and follow your doctor's orders.

I feel for these children Type 2 is hard enough to cope with for an adult these kids face an uncertain future.



Linda said...

It's disturbing. We are not doing a good job of protecting our children.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment Linda.
Reports / news items like these are most disturbing. I do think diet / lifestyle has a bearing. Many families eat diets high in carbs, sugar and processed food. Surely it is better to eat a varied diet full of real whole fresh foods ... this type of food is also available if budgets are tight, which of course many families are.

We also recently highlighted a child as young as three with type 2 diabetes, you can read that item here

All the best Jan

chris c said...

What's scary is that the younger they get diagnosed the longer they will spend eating the high carb diet they are told to follow and the faster their health will decline.

Lowcarb team member said...

Perhaps diet and lifestyle needs to be addressed for all ...
Some young people may just be fortunate to have parents who do go that extra mile and take to the internet ... they may then 'stumble' / come across a site or news item that causes them to think and further research the good news that by adopting a LCHF lifestyle can help their diabetes.

I know Type 1 diabetes is different but just see how Lisa has helped her son Daniel

Obesity / diabetes and their related health issues do need to be addressed, we keep spreading the news that by eating whole fresh foods improvements to health can follow ...

All the best Jan