A new study forecasts that the number of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes might skyrocket in the coming decades. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn’t use insulin the way it should. It has increased dramatically in the last two decades among U.S. children and adolescents. According to the new study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, if the incidence of type 2 diabetes continues to rise as fast as it did between 2002 and 2017, over half a million young people may have diabetes by 2060, an almost 675 percent increase. And the researchers predict the increase could be greater among minorities. Diabetes presents numerous health risks, such as heart and kidney disease, nerve damage, and premature death. And it is believed that the condition could worsen more quickly in younger patients compared to older adults.
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