A new study released by research affiliates with the American Diabetes Association found that the number of Latino children and youth under 20 years of age diagnosed with diabetes is growing at an alarming rate — the fastest of any ethnic group in the U.S.
Huffingtonpost reported that type 1 diabetes is growing at an annual rate of about 3 percent, with a 23 percent increase in 8 years, in children and young adults, about 33 percent of Americans under 20 years of age now have Type 2 diabetes, a 21 percent jump in eight years, according to data collected between 2001 and 2009 by the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study. But the trend has affected Latinos the worst, according to researchers.
“Rates of diabetes among Hispanic kids have outpaced other groups both in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes – something we’ve never seen before and indicative of something we should take seriously,” study author Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD, a professor at the University of Colorado in Denver said while presenting his study findings, NBC Latino reported.
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