The Alarming Rise of Youth Diabetes

Once considered an adult-onset disease, type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic among children. We break down the numbers.

Youth Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was once considered an adult-onset disease, but it’s becoming increasingly common among American tweens and teens, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trend, which corresponds to the growing rate of childhood obesity in recent years, is especially concerning because the earlier the disease begins, the more dangerous it can be for long-term health.

Researchers collected data from healthcare systems to identify diabetes cases among 4.9 million youths annually over a 10-year period. These are some of the numbers behind the trend:

youth diabetes

is a deputy editor for Experience Life.

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