"Diabetes Has Increased in US Youth"

Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes increased significantly in youths between 2001 and 2009

(dailyRx News) Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in childhood. But more children are now getting type 2 diabetes, and the rates of both seem to be rising.

People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar. Type 1 occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to metabolize the sugar. Patients with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but it does not work well enough to lower blood sugar levels.

To look at trends in type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and teens, a research team examined data from 2001 to 2009 in several ethnic groups and geographic areas.

These researchers found significant increases in the rate of both types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurred most frequently in white children, and the rate of type 2 diabetes was highest among American Indian youths.

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