CDC: Diabetes Rates Rising in Kids, Teens

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes is increasing among young people in the United States. According to the CDC, about 208,000 people under the age of 20 are living with diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk for a number of health problems and complications.

According to the report, new cases of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents increased about 1.8 percent and new cases of type 2 diabetes increased 4.8 percent each year from 2002 to 2012. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and called Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002-2012, is the first to track trends in newly-diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people under the age of 20 from different racial/ethnic groups.

Overall, increases in type 1 diabetes rates were higher in males (2.2 percent) than females (1.4 percent), but type 2 diabetes rates rose more sharply in young women (6.2 percent) than young men (3.7 percent). More research is needed find ways to reverse this alarming trend.

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Sourced from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention