Type 2 diabetes rise

There's been a sharp rise in the number of young people with type 2 diabetes. Scientists from Cardiff University say it can now be considered common amongst those aged 40 and under. They're warning it could have major health implications in future.

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Cardiff scientist: type 2 diabetes is now common amongst the 'relatively young'

We have known for some time that the incidence of new cases and prevalence of the total number of people with type 2 diabetes has been increasing in the UK.

We also know that there has been an increase in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. This is thought to be dependent on many factors such as obesity, diet and family history amongst many other factors.

By analysing routine NHS data we've managed to confirm this and show an increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes in the UK population, matched by an overall decrease in the average age of diagnosis.

We also found that the incidence of type 2 diabetes was higher for males after the ages of 40 and slightly higher for females aged under 40

Irrespective of the causes, the results show that over the last twenty years, type 2 diabetes can now be considered common amongst relatively young people, which could have major implications for greater health problems in later life.

– Professor Craig Currie, Cardiff University

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