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Why is Type 2 Diabetes Becoming More Common in Children and Adults?

Type 2 diabetes is epidemic in almost every country in the world. Once a disease associated with people aged 60 and above, it is now being diagnosed in children as young as eight. Dr. Jean-Claude DesMangles of the Creighton University School of Medicine, estimates that 45 per cent of all new cases of diabetes in children are type 2, whereas 50 years ago type 2 diabetes in children was almost unknown.

Children diagnosed with diabetes type 2 face many of the same deadly complications that were once seldom seen before the age of 65:

 

  • they are equally likely to develop kidney disease after 20 years of the disease… as soon as their 20’s and 30’s
  • the risk of fatal kidney disease is actually higher in young type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetics than in type 1 (insulin-dependent diabetics)

 

In addition to striking earlier and earlier in life, type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in more and more people of all ages. The percentage of adults who have this form of diabetes is six times higher in 2010 than it was in 1965.

Why is type 2 diabetes becoming more and more common?

The simple answer is: modern life requires much less physical activity than at any other period in recorded history.

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