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    Diabetes surges among American youth, study shows
    by Reuters
    Tuesday, 24 August 2021 22:16 GMT

    By Robin Respaut and Chad Terhune

    Aug 24 (Reuters) - The number of young people with the most prevalent form of diabetes nearly doubled in the United States from 2001 to 2017, according to a study published on Tuesday.

    The findings showed that the rate of young people ages 10 to 19 with type 2 diabetes increased by 95% over the 16-year period. The estimated rate of youth under age 20 with type 1 diabetes grew by 45%.

    "Rising rates of diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, which is preventable, has the potential to create a cascade of poor health outcomes," said Dr Giuseppina Imperatore, who oversees disease surveillance and other areas at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Diabetes Translation.

    This month, Reuters published a special report on the worsening outcomes for people with diabetes in the United States.

    The new findings come from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, which was funded by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    One in 10 Americans, or 34 million people, have diabetes in the United States. About 1.6 million people have type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease of unknown cause that requires insulin injections when the pancreas stops producing the hormone. Millions more have type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition in which the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't use it well.

    Researchers found significant increases in diabetes among both sexes and across racial and ethnic groups.

    Type 1 diabetes remains more common among white youth. Larger increases in type 2 prevalence were found among young people who are Black or Hispanic, according to the study published in JAMA. The highest rates of type 2 diabetes were seen in youth who are Black or Native American...