In alarming numbers, more people are learning they have diabetes.
That impacted population is getting younger.
Dr. Mary Vouyiouklis Kellis from the Cleveland Clinic says the trend is disturbing and prompting an alert.
“The task force changed the guidelines and reduce the age of screening of people with obesity and overweight to 35 years old instead of 40 years old,” she explains.
Diabetes can no longer be considered something that only happens to older people.
“Screening early makes sense, diabetes is on the rise, obesity is on the rise, we’re seeing diabetes in much greater incidence in our youth,” Dr. Kellis says.
It is impacting people in an age group that never used to give diabetes a thought but Dr. Kellis says the consequences are serious.
“It is the leading cause of blindness it can cause bleeding behind the eyes,” she says. “It can affect kidney function, it can affect the nerves and cause nerve damage. It can cause erectile dysfunction. It can even affect mental health and mood. So it’s very important that we address this as soon as we know that someone has this disease.”
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SOURCE: CBS Pittsburgh, John Shumway