17 Sep, 2015

Obese three-year-old becomes youngest child diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

The Telegraph | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor | 17 Sep 2015

Type 2 diabetes used to be called ‘mature onset’ diabetes but more and more children are being diagnosed.

Abstract: Children first began to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK in 2000 where cases as young as nine were seen, and doctors say in recent years they have seen cases as young as seven. Around 100 under-10s are now diagnosed in Britain each year.

Health experts say parents are largely to blame for driving their children to school, feeding them junk food and letting them lounge around for hours. Left untreated it can lead to heart attacks, or losing a limb, or their sight, in their 30s and 40s.