Diabetes continuously increasing in children, young adults: Study
PTC News Desk: In recent years, the incidence of diabetes has been steadily increasing in children and young adults. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that the rate of diabetes among children and young adults has more than doubled in the last two decades.
The study appears online in the current issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. "Our research suggests a growing population of young adults with diabetes who are at risk of developing complications from the disease," said Lynne E Wagenknecht, Dr PH, professor and director of public health sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and principal investigator.
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The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, looked at the incidence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and young adults aged 10 to 24 years old. The researchers found that the rate of type 1 diabetes among this age group had increased from 1.93 cases per 1000 people in 1994 to 4.02 cases per 1000 people in 2014. The rate of type 2 diabetes also increased from 0.34 cases per 1000 people in 1994 to 0.87 cases per 1000 people in 2014.
The researchers believe that the increase in diabetes incidence can be attributed to a number of factors, including changes in diet and physical activity, as well as increases in obesity. They also noted that this trend is particularly concerning among youth, as diabetes can lead to serious health complications later in life.
The study authors recommend that healthcare providers and public health officials take steps to address the rising rate of diabetes in children and young adults. This could include providing education on healthy lifestyle choices, as well as increasing access to diabetes prevention and management services. Additionally, the authors suggest that further research is needed to better understand the factors contributing to the increase in diabetes incidence among this age group.
Overall, the findings of this study emphasize the need to take action to address the rising rate of diabetes among children and young adults. With the right interventions, it is possible to reduce the incidence of diabetes and improve the health of this population.
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- With inputs from agencies