Type 2 diabetes among younger people on the rise

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2012 - 1:22 PM

More than 20,000 adolescents and teens in the United States now have Type 2 diabetes, compared with almost none 20 years ago. And the worst might be ahead.

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greg62Dec. 30, 12 6:40 AM

Parents need to do a much better jobs of making sure their kids eat the right foods. I've seen kids live off of frozen pizza and McDonalds, and their heading for serious problems.

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jimjimjimjimDec. 30, 12 8:19 AM

I am heavily invested in companies that are in diabetes research and development of new treatments. This is an epidemic that is not going to go away, but will just get worse. As our diet and lifestyle spreads around the world it will be catastrophic. I have type 2. It is manageable but most people choose to ignore it. My advice is to eat right, get moving and try to drop a pound or two. It helps.

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beavis38Dec. 30, 12 8:38 AM

Take your kids for hikes like I do. Or sign them up at the Y health club. There are huge discounts for the poor so it is made affordable. If they have some interests and motivated friends they can play basketball or swim all winter. Just get out of the house. Parents it is your job to find the motivator. Lets step up and make an effort.

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lakeelmo99Dec. 30, 12 8:39 AM

You can lead a horse to water... Those noodles turn to low quality sugars real quick and only make the situation worse. The sad part is the rest of us pay big dollars for these risky health behaviors via higher taxes to pay the healthcare costs of those who refuse to eat reasonably and exercise even moderately. Americans have too many freedoms it's that simple.

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sfod93Dec. 30, 12 8:55 AM

Stop eating red meat. Stop consuming dairy. Eat plants.

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gourmetboyDec. 30, 1210:10 AM

You get advice on how to eat. Don't take it... that's fine. This is America after all. However, once you have it and continue the behavior, don't ask me to pay for your meds.

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bfrabelDec. 30, 1210:27 AM

I believe there is some mis-information in story. In the article it states "Type 2 diabetes, diagnosed mainly in adults until now, is the gradual erosion of the body's production of insulin". I believe this is false. With Type 2, which the story is talking about, insulin production usually stays about the same, or increases over time. The problem is that the body looses its ability to process the insulin. With how common diabetes is, it is surprising how much mis-information there is.

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keaton12Dec. 30, 1210:36 AM

I think this is the biggest tragedy in our healthcare system. People need to watch what they eat and stay healthy because insurance costs are expensive for everyone. People should be required to get mandatory blood tests each year to keep their health insurance. Granted, some results are purely genetic related but just look at what people put in their grocery carts while you stand in line. It is all about choices.

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discerning1Dec. 30, 1210:39 AM

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the general population and we ALL need to improve the quality of our diet. Of course it is more difficult for low income families. However the entire family needs to eat the SAME food--not special dishes for the person with diabetes. This is how we organize our household. My husband who was diagnosed with Type 2 managed to bring his blood sugar levels back to normal for 6 years by modest changes to our way of eating and a little more exercise (just walking briskly!). Now he does take a pill every day but avoiding pills for 6 years was a boon. For my husband the key dietary change was "out with the whites" i.e. no white bread, white rice, white pasta. Now we have whole-wheat pasta (only once a week), brown basmati rice and whole wheat bread. There are many helpful cookbooks out there. I recommend Delicious Dishes for Diabetics. It's for foodies who really enjoy eating well--but want to eat healthily.

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sek2undrstndDec. 30, 12 1:30 PM

One interesting aspect: As countries adopt Western economies, type 2 diabetes increases. This correlation (notice I said correlation not causation) is currently prevalent in Asian countries. My two cents: stop eating processed, prepared foods, make as much of your meal as you can from scratch, and start walking. If you don't think you have the time, start small with a slow cooker or fresh vegetables and a short walk around your block. Your health and life depends upon it.

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