More children are diagnosed with diabetes, study finds

A disturbing trend is developing with children and diabetes.

The rate at which kids are diagnosed with diabetes is climbing and researchers don’t know why, USA Today reports. A first of its kind study of new diabetes diagnoses of U.S. youth under age 20 found Types 1 and 2 diabetes surged from 2002-2012.

The diagnosis of new cases of Type 2 diabetes, associated with obesity, increased about 5 percent each year from 2002 to 2012, the study found. New cases of Type 1, the most common form for young people, went up about 2 percent each year.

At Signature Medical Group, we’re concerned about diabetes for youths and adults. Our pediatricians, primary care doctors and endocrinologists work closely with you and your child to try to control and prevent the onset of diabetes.

The National Institutes of Health, which funded the study along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the cause of the rise is “unclear.”

“These findings lead to many more questions,” Dr. Barbara Linder, senior adviser for childhood diabetes research at NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, told USA Today.

The study showed higher rates of diabetes diagnoses among minorities. In terms of gender, girls and women ages 10-19 saw a 6.2 percent increase in Type 2 diabetes, while men and boys of the same age experienced a 3.7 percent increase. Across all age groups, Type 1 diabetes increased 2.2 percent in males and 1.4 percent in females.

Health experts say those who develop diabetes at a young age are at risk of developing complications from the disease earlier, lowering their quality of life, shortening life expectancy and increasing healthcare costs.

At Signature Medical Group, our health experts are on guard against diabetes. Our aim is to prevent and control the disease in all age groups. Make an appointment today to see one of our specialists.