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Diabetes on the rise among children

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are increasing drastically among children.

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Type 1 diabetes jumped 21 percent from 2001 to 2009 among children up to age 19.  Type 2 diabetes went up 30 percent.

Researchers note these increases will affect public health as more children enter adulthood with an increased risk of complications - and diabetes is much harder to treat in children than adults.
    
Diabetes Educator Jennifer Frericks say the economy has affected what families are feeding their children.

"If you look at it, to maybe buy something that's not so healthy is much cheaper than it is to buy something that is healthy," Frericks said.  "A lot of children at home are being raised on stuff that's not quite the best option when you have diabetes."

Researchers found Type 1 diabetes has increased among black and Hispanic youths.  Type 2 diabetes is thought to be brought on by genetic predisposition to poor insulin action and secretion, which is often worsened by obesity and inactivity.


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