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Types 1 and 2 Diabetes Increasing Substantially in American Youth — Physician’s First Watch

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May 5, 2014

Types 1 and 2 Diabetes Increasing Substantially in American Youth

By Kelly Young

The prevalence of diabetes among U.S. children and adolescents increased by over 20% during an 8-year period, according to a JAMA study.

Researchers assessed the number of children who had a diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes at five sites in the U.S. in 2001 and 2009. For type 1 diabetes, the adjusted prevalence rose from 1.60 to 1.94 per 1000, an increase of 21%. For type 2 diabetes, the adjusted prevalence rose from 0.37 to 0.48 per 1000, an increase of 31%.

The authors conclude: "The increases in prevalence reported herein are important because such youth with diabetes will enter adulthood with several years of disease duration, difficulty in treatment, an increased risk of early complications, and increased frequency of diabetes during reproductive years, which may further increase diabetes in the next generation."

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