Diabetes UK warns of increasing number of children and young adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Author: 
Dr Ansu Basu ABCD Elected Committee Member
Date of the announcement: 
Wednesday, 5 December, 2018

Diabetes UK has published a new analysis highlighting that 6,836 children and young adults are reported to have Type 2 diabetes in England and Wales. This figure is far higher than the 715 children and young people under the age of 25 receiving care for Type 2 diabetes from Paediatric Diabetes Units in England and Wales, as more than 6,000 cases treated in primary care were also taken into account. With 34% of children in England overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, Diabetes UK argues that thousands more could be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the next few years. Diabetes UK used the figures to call on the NHS to provide appropriate specialist services to support children and young people with Type 2 diabetes to manage the condition and reduce the risk of serious complications.

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