Until recently, diabetes was divided into two types. Type 2 was referred to as adult-onset diabetes. Some children and young people faced the danger of type 1 diabetes, but type 2 was extremely rare in the young. Unfortunately, in both America and some developing countries, type 2 diabetes among young people is becoming more and more common.
The increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes amongst young people is largely thought to be as a result of poorer diets, more indolent lifestyle and less exercise . Furthermore, when even slight levels of these are combined with genetic predispositions, such as in many Asian and Latino populations, type 2 amongst the young becomes much more common.
In American, several specific campaigns and centres have been set up with this form of diabetes in mind. These include a national study called Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY). Unfortunately, treating children with type 2 diabetes is more of a puzzle for healthcare professionals and doctors . Furthermore, the longer diabetes is present in a body the more likely complications are to form.

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