Diabetes on the increase among young Americans

Diabetes on the increase among young Americans

An increasing number of American children are being fallen victims to the devastating chronic condition of diabetes, a fresh report has revealed.

The first of its kind study revealed that at least 29.1 million people in the United States are living with either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. Nearly 208,000 of those who have been diagnosed with the condition are younger than 20 years.

The SEARCH study is the first ever to estimate trends in new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth from the five major racial/ethnic groups, viz. Native Americans, Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders.

Epidemiologist Giuseppina Imperatore said, “Because of the early age of onset and longer diabetes duration, youth are at risk for developing diabetes related complications at a younger age. This profoundly lessens their quality of life, shortens their life expectancy, and increases health care costs.”

The study based on responses from 11,244 youth ages 0-19 with type 1 and 2,846 youth ages 10-19 with type 2 diabetes revealed that the rate of new diagnosed cases of type 1 among youth jumped by around 1.8 per cent each year between 2002 and 2012.

The rate of new diagnosed cases of type 2 of the disease jumped 4.8 per cent during the same period of time.

The researchers detailed the shocking findings in the most recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.


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