The US is seeing modest, steady growth in the incidence of diabetes among children and teens. A new analysis of data from 2012 to 2012 shows
- An increase in Type 1 Diabetes of 1.8% per year and
- An increase in Type 2 Diabetes of 4.8% per year.
While there’s a genetic component, diabetes risk is associated with
- Family history
- Immune system issues
- Diet and weight (and exercise)
- Blood pressure
Europeans understand that how you care for yourself affects health care costs and health insurance rates for everyone around you. It’s not just about you. Teaching a child to veg in front of a computer or TV simply shortens the child’s life.
However, one of the frustrations with public health data is lack of currency. Has the situation gotten better or worse in the last five years? My guess is worse, but we simply don’t know.
- Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, Jean M. Lawrence, Dana Dabelea, Jasmin Divers, Scott Isom, Lawrence Dolan, Giuseppina Imperatore, Barbara Linder, Santica Marcovina, David J. Pettitt, Catherine Pihoker, Sharon Saydah, Lynne Wagenknecht. Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002–2012. New England Journal of Medicine, 2017; 376 (15): 1419 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1610187
- NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and 2 diabetes on the rise among children, teens: Fastest rise seen among racial/ethnic minority groups.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 April 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170414105821.htm>.
- International Diabetes Foundation, “Risk Factors.” http://www.idf.org/about-diabetes/risk-factors
- Mayo Clinic, “Diabetes.” http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/basics/risk-factors/con-20033091