Monday, July 16, 2012

Type 2 diabetes Increases in Colorado Children

Raquel Villa, 17, checks her blood sugar level.
Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network
By Charlie Brennan
Almost every week across Colorado, a child is diagnosed with a potentially deadly disease that used to occur only in adults.

These young patients are developing type 2 diabetes — what used to be called “adult-onset” diabetes. The disease is strongly linked to obesity, and it used to take decades to develop in adults. But in the past two decades, the degenerative disease suddenly began showing up in children.

“It’s a known, predicted disaster if we do nothing — if we just sit back and watch,” said Chris Lindley, director of the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

What’s not known is how big a disaster it could be.

For the rest of the story, go to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.D

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