A new modeling study is raising alarm bells after finding that the number of young people in the United States with diabetes will increase by nearly 700% over the next 40 years.
The authors of the study predicted there might be 220,000 people under the age of 20 with Type 2 diabetes in the year 2060 — an increase of about 675% from the number of young people with type 2 diabetes in 2017. Type 2 diabetes refers to a condition in which a person's pancreas does not produce enough insulin and cells become resistant to insulin. Christine Rousselle is a lifestyle reporter with Fox News Digital.
"This new research should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. It’s vital that we focus our efforts to ensure all Americans, especially our young people, are the healthiest they can be," said CDC Acting Principal Deputy Director Debra Houry, MD, MPH, in a statement released on Dec. 29.