In Black and Hispanic children and teens, type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed, according to a new report.
The number of youth younger than age 20 living with type 2 diabetes increased by a staggering 95%, found authors of the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Among children and teens living with the illness, the highest number per 1,000 were Black or American Indian, according to the study, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Type 2 diabetes is preventable and, in the U.S., is often caused by carrying extra weight, experts say. About 20% of children and teens in the U.S. are obese, according to the CDC.
People who develop the disease at a younger age are more at risk for earlier complications than adults who develop it later in life.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Nada Hassanein