Diabetes can occur at any age. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way the body processes sugar (glucose). There are two main types of diabetes. One of them is type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system of the body attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. The other one is type 2 diabetes, which is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body is unable to properly use the insulin it produces.
Type 1 diabetes is more common in the case of children and young adults, while type 2 diabetes is more common in older adults. However, both types of diabetes can affect people of all ages, including young people.
A possible increase of 675% for type 2 diabetes cases among young people
According to CNN, researchers are worried that if young people under the age of 20 don’t leave behind their current trends, the rate of type 2 diabetes among them will increase by a staggering 675% by the year 2060.
For the new research, data from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study was used.
According to research, certain groups such as Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native individuals may be more likely to experience a greater burden of type 2 diabetes compared to White people.
Dr. Debra Houry, who is acting principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated as CNN quotes:
This new research should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. It’s vital that we focus our efforts to ensure all Americans, especially our young people, are the healthiest they can be.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 463 million people of all ages had diabetes in 2019, and the disease is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and lower limb amputation.
The new study was published in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes Care.