According to a concerning new report from the National Institutes of Health and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is expected that the total number of young Americans diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes will be higher by nearly 700 percent by 2060 if the current upward trend continues.
Furthermore, another spike of up to 65 percent in all young people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes is also expected.
This and more are mentioned in the study published in the American Diabetes Association’s medical journal not too long ago.
The principal deputy director for the CDC, Dr. Debra Houry, stated that “This new research should serve as a wake up call for all of us. It is vital that we focus all our efforts to ensure all Americans, especially young people, are the healthiest they can be.”
About 1 in 10 American citizens, or 37 million, already suffer from incurable diabetes, which makes this common disease the seventh cause of death in the United States.
In addition to that, the medical expenses for those diagnosed with it can average $16,752 per year, as per recent ADA data.
Type 1 diabetes means that the pancreas can produce little or no insulin at all.
It is most common in those under the age of 20, as far as the United States is concerned.
On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes means that the body is unable to properly process insulin.
The research team reported in their paper that this latter form of diabetes has “substantially increased” in this demographic in the last couple of decades.
Aside from that, looking at the data also concluded that there is a higher Type 2 diabetes “burden” for “Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native youths.”
As for the reason why this is happening, the researchers point out that the concerning growth rate can be a result of many different factors including gestational diabetes and childhood obesity, which is really common in the United States.
The director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, Christopher Holliday, mentions that “This study’s scary projections of Type 2 diabetes increases show why it’s crucial to advance health equity and to reduce the disparities that already take a toll on people’s health.”
Some of the most common health complications that are linked to diabetes include chronic kidney disease, nerve damage, heart disease and many other illnesses associated with hearing, vision, the feet and mental health.
The researchers also stressed that many young patients need earlier medical treatment since Type 2 diabetes tends to get more serious quicker than in adults.
Houry went on to add that “The COVID-19 pandemic underscored how important it is to address chronic diseases, such as diabetes. This study highlights the importance of continuing efforts to prevent and to manage chronic diseases, not only for the current population but also for generations to come.”