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How can we slow the alarming rise of Type 2 diabetes in children?

BY CBS NEWS: Type 2 diabetes was once known as “adult onset” because it was so rare in kids. Not anymore. With one in five school-age children considered obese, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in young people is climbing. The newest study shows an almost 5 percent jump over a decade for those between the ages of 10 and 19.

Dr. Tara Narula joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss what’s behind the alarming rise, how the complications resulting from diabetes are happening earlier in life, and the importance of educating kids on the dangers of the disease.

“This is not something we talked about 20 years ago and it is heartbreaking to think that now in this country there are about 20,000 children – children – who have Type 2 diabetes,” Narula said. (read more)

 

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JDRF launches diabetes psychology fellowship program

BY JONATHAN FIELDING: JDRF announced the launch of a National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program to address the shortage of psychologists who can treat the specific needs of people with type 1 diabetes.

The program aims to fund eight psychology fellows over the next 2 years to complete training in the field of diabetes at top centers in the US, according to a press release.
“We want the brightest minds in medical research to be focused on type 1 diabetes, and this program will begin to help remedy the lack of psychologists in diabetes care,” Derek Rapp, president and CEO of JDRF, said in the release. “By training additional psychology professionals to address the needs of people facing type 1 diabetes, we intend to help reduce the significant daily burden of this disease for as many people as possible, while we continue our search for a cure.” (read more)

Childhood abuse, parental mental illness raise risk for type 2 diabetes in adulthood

BY LEONARD E. EGEDE: Childhood trauma, including sexual, physical and verbal abuse, raises the risk for developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood by as much as 57%, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.

Since the development of the adverse childhood experience scale, multiple studies have demonstrated that childhood incidence of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, as well as neglect or parental absence, are strong risk factors for poor health outcomes throughout the life span, Jennifer A. Campbell, MPH, of the department of health science at California State University in Long Branch, and colleagues wrote in the study background. In addition to a dose-response relationship between adverse childhood experiences and type 2 diabetes risk, the type of adverse experience has been implicated in risk for diabetes, researchers noted, and sex may also be an important factor. (read more)

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On a Sugar High? Diabetes Rates Are on the Rise for African Americans

BY JAMES LAVELLE DICKENS: So often I hear from patients that they are tired of getting the same prescriptions to ward off any number of chronic conditions affecting Americans today. While it may sound like a broken record, don’t tune it out. Yes, a good diet, ample exercise and shedding those extra pounds will reduce your risk for developing heart disease and high blood pressure, but did you know these healthy living strategies can all but prevent diabetes?

Most people don’t, and that helps to explain why the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise. Nearly 30 million people are living with diabetes today, and African Americans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed than whites. Alarmingly, the problem is even bigger than that statistic would have you think. Once diagnosed, African Americans are far more likely to suffer the most severe complications from diabetes, making the disease that much more devastating. (read more)

Metformin use rising in US treatment of type 2 diabetes

BY JACK WOODFIELD: The use of metformin as a first treatment for type 2 diabetes has risen by almost 30 per cent over an 11-year period, according to a study of more than one million Americans.

Researchers from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology say initial use of the medication increased from 60 to 77 per cent between 2005 and 2016.

Sulphonylureas are still the most popular second treatment option despite prescriptions going down from 60 to 46 per cent, the study found. But the research published in the Diabetes Care journal also showed use of the drugs as the first treatment went down from 20 to eight per cent. (read more)