Study: Diabetes diagnoses on the rise for kids, teens

April 13, 2017 05:35 PM

Diabetes rates are on the rise among kids and teens.

The Centers for Disease Control reports new cases of Type 1 diabetes in children increased by nearly two percent each year from 2002 to 2012. Cases of Type 2 diabetes grew even more quickly, at nearly five percent each year.

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The largest increases were among racial and ethnic minorities.

The reason for this is unclear, though researchers suspect environmental triggers may play a role in Type 1 diabetes, especially in people genetically predisposed.


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