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Type 2 Diabetes Now a Worry for Younger Generation

admin - June 23, 2011



What used to be rarely seen in people under 40, type 2 diabetes is now a growing problem for people in their 20s and 30s. And, it may not be as easy as attributing it to the obesity epidemic, a recent USA Today article reports.

In fact, according to the article, studies show that this growing problem may be the cause of  genes, in certain high-risk people, that lend to a higher risk for diabetes when they gain weight, David Kendall, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association states.

Experts plan to gather Friday in San Diego to discuss research and the steady rise of the disease.

Meanwhile, if you look at the reported statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a type 2 diabetes diagnosis for young adults, this information is scary stuff:

And, what’s more, with diabetes comes other alarming problems, which can be summed up with this information extracted from the article’s quote by Martin Abrahamson, chief medical officer at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, that for the people of the Western world diabetes is the common cause of such serious conditions as:

  • Blindness
  • End-stage kidney disease
  • Non-traumatic lower limb amputations

Abrahamson went on to say that those people “who have type 2 diabetes have a two- to threefold greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease and stroke.”

Read this article in full detail at: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/diabetes/story/2011/06/More-young-adults-are-living-with-diabetes/48743776/1




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  1. Ashley - July 18, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Great article to help our participants help their children. Part of the reason I became an employee at Life Line is because I beat Type 2 diabetes and now understand the importantace of exercise, healthy eating, and awareness and want to spread the word to others. It took me three years of hard work and a weight loss of 35 pounds to officially be rid of TYPE 2 diabetes. As a young adult, my goal is to help others understand how to keep control of their health!


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