T2D Diagnosis at Younger Age: 'Scary Stuff'

by Dr. Jay Shubrook

Jay H. Shubrook, DO: We have a very important topic to discuss. A study in Diabetologia[1] that looked at the age of diagnosis and the severity of the type 2 diabetes found that the younger you are at diagnosis, the worse the disease. Tell me more about that.

James J. Chamberlain, MD: We have a lot to talk about. We are used to seeing the type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemic in adults. But during the past couple of decades, we have started to see this in kids, teenagers, much younger adults—people much younger than we have been used to diagnosing with diabetes.

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