Alarming increase in Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes among adolescents age 12 to 19
May 21, 2012, New York Daily News, Heidi Evans
Diabetes and pre-diabetes rates are soaring among America’s teens, according to a new federal study.
The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that the percentage of adolescents age 12 to 19 with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes nearly tripled from 9% in 1999 to 23% in 2008.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey tracked about 3,400 adolescents with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, which involves abnormally high blood sugar. Both conditions are risk factors for heart disease.
“Fifteen years ago, I never saw Type 2 diabetes in children, only in people in their 60s and older,” said Dr. Robin Goland, co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
“Now I see kids 8 and 10 and 13. The fact that we have any number is a disgrace.”
Goland said the uptick is linked “as day follows night” to an increase in obesity among young people.
“This is a huge problem of enormous significance,” she added.
Because diabetes is not a reportable disease, there are no precise statistics on how many children or adults suffer from it. There are only estimates…
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