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The number of young Americans with type 2 diabetes is projected to skyrocket nearly 700% by 2060 if current upward trends continue unchecked, according to a “startling” new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health in healthcare.
Meanwhile, a jump of up to 65% is likely in young people with type 1 diabetes, according to new study published in the medical journal of the American Diabetes Association.
“This new research should serve as a wake-up call for all of us,” Dr. Debra Khoury, CDC’s acting principal deputy director, it said in a statement. “It is vital that we focus our efforts on ensuring that all Americans, especially our young people, are as healthy as possible.”
More than 37 million Americans — about 1 in 10 — already have incurable diabetes, making it seventh leading cause of death in the nation. Average medical costs for those living with it can subtract $16,752 per year, according to the most recent ADA data.
Type 1 diabetes — in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin — is more common in people under the age of 20 in the United States. However, type 2 diabetes — when the body can’t process insulin the way it should — has increased significantly in this demographic over the past two decades, the research team reported.
In addition to the overall “bump” predictions, analyzing the data by race and ethnicity predicted a “greater burden” of type 2 diabetes for “Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan youth “.
The researchers said the “alarming” growth rate could be caused by a number of factors – from gestational diabetes in women of childbearing age (as their babies are more likely to develop the disease) and deep-seated prevalence of childhood obesity in US culture.
“This study’s startling predictions of an increase in type 2 diabetes show why it is critical to increase health equity and reduce the widespread disparities that already impact people’s health,” said Christopher Holliday, director of the Department of CDC Diabetes Translation.
Most often health complications of diabetes include heart disease, chronic kidney disease, nerve damage – and countless other foot, mouth, vision, hearing and mental health conditions.
Meanwhile, the disease can progress at a faster rate in young people than in adults, requiring earlier medical treatment, the researchers noted.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how critically important it is to combat chronic diseases such as diabetes,” Khoury added. “This study further underscores the importance of continued efforts to prevent and manage chronic disease, not only for our current population, but for future generations as well.”
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