Type 2 diabetes is increasing in Australian children
- More children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
More and more children in Australia are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, including those aged under seven and one child as young as four.
Doctors across northern and central Australia are concerned about the alarming rise in diabetes diagnoses among children and say action needs to be taken now.
Between the ages of 15 and 24, one in 70 people in Central Australia have the disease, according to recent data. The Australian reported.
This figure for the same age group in northern Australia is one in 150.
More children in Australia are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, including those aged under seven and one child as young as four (stock image)
Pediatric endocrinologists at the Menzies School of Health Research, based in the Northern Territory, say cases of type 2 diabetes in children have increased at higher rates than anywhere else in the world.
Every week, one child under the age of 18 is diagnosed with an illness in Australia.
Type 2 diabetes commonly occurs in adults aged 45 and older.
Although there are risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as genetics, the disease is also associated with lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise.
Children born to women with diabetes are also at greater risk.
Diabetes Australia said the disease is “increasingly occurring in younger age groups, including children, adolescents and young adults”, with 1,155 children now diagnosed.
Angela Titmuss, a senior researcher at the Menzies School of Health Research and a pediatric endocrinologist at the Royal Darwin Hospital, said when she started working in the Northwest Territories in 2017, she cared for five children with type 2 diabetes.
She has now cared for more than 100 children with the disease.
“I think in the future, if we don’t intervene, it’s a tragedy that’s happening because we’re losing these young people who have so much to give and who will see their life expectancy cut short because of diabetes,” she told the newspaper. publication.
“The rates we are seeing are higher than those reported anywhere in the world over the past 25 years.
Although there are risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as genetics, type 2 diabetes is also associated with lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise (stock image)
“I really worry about the trajectory of these young people. The disease is much more aggressive. The prognosis is worse. He also doesn’t respond to medications.
The situation is so serious that some patients suffer a heart attack at age 25, while others risk kidney failure at age 30.
The Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
It is also a leader in global and tropical health research into life-threatening diseases.
An inquiry into diabetes was launched by a parliamentary health committee in May this year.