Today is Diabetes Alert Day. And a good day as any to remind ourselves that diabetes ‒ afflicting around 26 million Americans and nearly 300 million worldwide ‒ is not only a raging epidemic among the adult population but consuming younger people as well. We are not talking about Type 1, or “juvenile”, diabetes here, but Type 2, normally associated with adults.
Indeed, as recently as the mid-1990s, Type 2 diabetes was almost exclusively a disease of adults. But apparently fueled by the childhood obesity epidemic, cases in people younger than 20 have ramped up from virtually zero to tens of thousands in the United States alone in little more than a decade. The children who have it are breaking new scientific ground: No one has any idea how they will fare over the course of a lifetime.
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