Diabetes Diagnoses On The Rise In US Children

Diabetes continues its relentless rise

Diabetes continues its relentless rise

In addition, statistics show another 750,000 undiagnosed cases, bringing the total of African-American people plagued by this affliction to more than 2.2 million.

Diabetes is characterized by a rise in blood sugar levels beyond normal parameters, which affects the way the body produces and metabolizes insulin. Almost 208,000 of those who have been diagnosed with the condition are younger than 20 years. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body is resistant to the effects of the insulin that is circulating throughout the body, Jun said.

Rutter said that the introduction of new clinical agents for the treatment of type 2 diabetes into clinical practice, specifically glucagonlike peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists and sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, could alter future trends.

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This adjusted annual increase was same for both the age groups - 5.2% for the elder kids and 5.1% for the younger ones. Symptoms of the disease include increased thirst and hunger, the frequent need to urinate, unexplained weight loss, tiredness, and sores that do not heal quickly.

"Type 2 diabetes can be diagnosed by visiting your primary care provider, who will conduct a simple blood test", Jun said. In non-Hispanic blacks, the rate of new diagnosed cases of T1D increased by 2.2% and in non-Hispanic whites by 1.2% per year.

"The increase in incidence of type 2 diabetes is likely related primarily to the increases in overweight and obesity in youth, although this is not the only reason", said Mayer-Davis. She's a professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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The second study looked at all of the people registered in a Swedish National Database from 1998 through 2012, and followed their health through 2014. While white 10- to 19-year-olds experienced an increase in diagnosis rates of just 1 percent, the bump was 8.5 percent for Asian Americans, 6.3 percent increase for black youth, and 3.1 percent for Hispanics. "Still, in the context of outcomes that have improved to a greater degree among diabetes patients, the lack of similar trends among fatal outcomes are hard to explain". But the good news is that heart disease and stroke cases in adults with both types of diabetes have decreased. There was no significant difference in the rate of hospitalization for heart failure in patients with type 1 diabetes compared to controls; there was a 29% reduction in hospitalization for heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes compared to controls (HR 0.71; 95%CI 0.69 to 0.73). People with type 2, however, had smaller reductions in deaths versus the control group, the researchers found. Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of this variant of diabetes. But if we take proper treatment for high blood pressure medications and cholesterol-lowering drugs it would be a huge contribution in controlling diabetes.

Senior advisor for childhood diabetes research at NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Barbara Linder, said many more questions have arose with the new findings.

The study has been published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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