Diabetes Rates In Young People Projected To Soar.
HealthDay (11/22, Gordon) reported, “If the current trends in diabetes for young people stay the same, rates of type 2 diabetes will rise by 49 percent by 2050, and rates of type 1 diabetes will increase by 23 percent,” according to a study published in the December issue of the journal Diabetes Care. And, “if the incidence starts to increase, as it has in other parts of the world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that rates of children with type 2 diabetes could quadruple, while the number of children with type 1 diabetes could triple.” Study lead author Giuseppina Imperatore, MD, PhD, of the CDC’s division of diabetes translation, said, “As a society, we will need to plan and prepare for the high-quality care of these children.”
WebMD (11/22, Boyles) reported, “The spike in both type 1 and 2 will be particularly high among minorities.” Robert E. Ratner, MD, chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association, noted in an editorial accompanying the study that “just two decades ago, type 2 diabetes was almost never seen in children, but it has become more common with higher rates of childhood obesity.” According to Ratner, “public health efforts that address the childhood obesity epidemic could have a profound impact on the future of type 2 diabetes.”
Medscape (11/22, Tucker) pointed out that the study, called “the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.”
Caffeine May Have No Negative, Positive Effect On Diabetes Risk. Reuters (11/26, Raven) reports that according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking sugar-sweetened soda is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, while drinking coffee is linked to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, irrespective of caffeine content of the beverages. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after following some 100,000 individuals for about 22 years.