Early-Onset Diabetes Puts You at High Risk for Complications
People who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before age 45 are at higher risk for complications like heart disease, kidney damage, and vision problems than those who develop the disease later in life. That’s according to a new study conducted by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark.
The researchers also discovered that younger people with type 2 diabetes are typically in poorer health than their older counterparts and that they have higher needs for intensive treatment and support, which many do not receive.
The study involved 5,115 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within two years, 516 of whom were under 45. Twenty percent of the younger patients exhibited early signs of kidney damage, and 7 percent showed signs of eye damage. Younger people with diabetes also were more overweight and had poorer blood glucose control, higher cholesterol, and about the same rate of high blood pressure (hypertension) as older people with type 2 diabetes.