Study: Kids with diabetes took a giant step forward between 2000 and 2009
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/5/2014 (2 years ago)
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It's a distressing statistic which points to increasing bad nutrition. A new study has found that the prevalence of diabetes in children shot up dramatically between 2000 and 2009. Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, climbed 21 percent from 2000 to 2009, to 1.93 per 1,000 children. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes, associated with obesity jumped more than 30 percent in the same period, to a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 kids.
There is hope. Doctors have made major progress in treating type 1 diabetes and preventing complications.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The bad news came in the form of a study presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies' meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Nearly 167,000 children and teens younger than 20 have type 1 diabetes, while more than 20,000 have type 2.
"These increases are serious," study author Dana Dabelea of the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, Colorado, says. "Every new case means a lifetime burden of difficult and costly treatment and higher risk of early, serious complications."
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the research, called the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, included three million children and adolescents in different regions of the U.S.
However, the researchers acknowledge that the study doesn't include information from the last five years.
"We don't know what happened in the last five years . Most likely, things have gotten worse."
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, occurs when the pancreas makes little or no insulin, a hormone that the body needs to let sugar to enter cells and produce energy.
In type 2 diabetes, which was formerly known as "adult-onset" diabetes, the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn't make enough insulin.
There is hope. Doctors have made major progress in treating type 1 diabetes and preventing complications. Children who develop type 2 diabetes face serious risks, which are compounded by the fact that most are already obese. Together, obesity and diabetes increase their lifetime risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness and amputations.
Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages in the U.S., or about 8.3 percent of the population, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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