A local doctor says parents should take note of a recent study pointing to a jump in type 2 diabetes among teens and pre-teens.
“If you’re a parent worried about diabetes, there’s more need for concern than ever before,” according to Sharone Sheffer-Babila, MD, pediatric endocrinologist at North Shore-LIJ Staten Island University Hospital.
A 30.5 percent increase in type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease most preventable by healthy lifestyle, was reported in a recent study released in JAMA. For nine years, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health studied 3 million culturally and geographically diverse youngsters ages 10 to 19.
“The study forecasts trouble ahead for these youngsters," said Dr. Babila. This is sad and it is serious.
By the time they reach adulthood, many have already experienced difficulty in treatment. Their risk is high for developing early complications of the disease: heart and vascular problems and blindness. In their reproductive years, they may even increase risk in the next generation.