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.