Not Just Adults Anymore

diabetes_2It was once thought of as an adult disease, but type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate among America’s young people. A new study, just released in the News England Journal of Medicine, shows that diabetes is rising among tweens and teens -particularly among kids of minority racial and ethnic groups.

From the Los Angeles Times:

For years, health experts have bemoaned the rise of childhood obesity in the United States. About 17% of kids and teens in the U.S. are now considered obese, a figure that has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A report in this week’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine lays out one of the consequences of all this excess weight: a corresponding increase in childhood cases of type 2 diabetes.

According to the National Institutes of Health:

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