According to the findings of a recent report, more number of children in the United States are being diagnosed with diabetes.
The report state that around 29.1 million people in the US are living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes, and around 208,000 people younger than 20 years are living with diagnosed diabetes.
The researchers in the study, analysed the trend on new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in American youth, the ones under the age of 20. These young Americans were taken into consideration from five major ethnic groups in the US including non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.
After evaluating the data, the researchers found that the rate of new diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes in youth rose by about 1.8 percent every year from 2002 to 2012. It was also noted that the rate of new diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes among youth increases even more quickly at about 4.8 percent.
The researchers, during the study, had evaluated the data of around 11,244 youth ages 0-19 who had type 1 diabetes and about 2,846 youth ages 10-19 who had type 2 diabetes.
Commenting on the findings of the study epidemiologist Giuseppina Imperatore said, “Because of the early age of onset and longer diabetes duration, youth are at risk for developing diabetes related complications at a younger age. This profoundly lessens their quality of life, shortens their life expectancy, and increases health care costs.”
This is the first and only study conducted in the United States which is assessing the trends in diagnosis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among the youth in the country and who this epidemic is altering with time in younger Americans.
The researchers, during the study, also noted that the rate of new diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes rose sharply among females than in males between the age of 10 to 19.