Rise in type 2 diabetes in children ‘deeply worrying’

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to become too high.

There are two main types:

  • Type 1 can develop at any age, but often begins in childhood. It is not related to diet or lifestyle, and experts are still trying to figure out why certain people are susceptible. Genetics probably play some role
  • Type 2 is far more common than type 1, but is still rare in childhood. It is usually seen in adults and is often associated with obesity

 

Whilst the BBC headline above suggests the UK is experiencing a growing number of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in fact numbers are still very small. However given that type 2 is usually associated more commonly with the over 50’s this trend is a concern. What is also concerning is that there is little concerted government action to address this.

 

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