Type 2 Diabetes Spreading among Kids

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 18, 2012

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Type 2 Diabetes Spreading among Kids

Over the last few decades, there has been a steep rise in the reported cases of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Usually, the condition affects adults, who have surpassed their fifties. The syndrome has suddenly become common in children as almost 15-50 percent of newly diagnosed diabetes cases belong to the under-18 age group.

In urban India, diabetes and insulin resistance cases have affected 12-16 percent children. A decade ago, the percentage of children suffering from a precursor of type 2 diabetes was a meagre 1. In developed countries such as US, the percentage of children affected by type-2 diabetes is shocking, standing at 50 percent and surging ahead. Lack of physical activity and bad food choices are underlined as reasons of type-2 diabetes in youngsters.

A genetic connection was also observed in ethnic groups such as Asian Indians, Black Africans, Hispanics, native Americans and pacific islanders. Indian children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have normal weight and height whereas children in US were reported to be overweight/ obese in accordance with their age. As per research, Indian children are more likely to increase lower body weight and develop large waist sizes.

The detailed research findings were


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