Kids with type 2 diabetes have been jokingly referred to as "sugar babies," but statistics show type 2 diabetes in children is no laughing matter. The future looks quite grim for kids with type 2 diabetes, historically an adult disease.
Research finds significant differences in lifespan between these two populations. In fact, kids with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to die from disease complications than those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Ted Wu Director of the Diabetes Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital said in regards to this research, "It just shows the insidious nature of type 2 diabetes. Just because you're on tablets and not insulin (injections) doesn't mean it's not serious."
Type 1 diabetes is labeled the riskiest and most difficult to manage of the two diagnoses. This is a controversial topic for some with type 1 diabetes, who view these diseases as so incredibly different that they propose the two shouldn't shouldn't be lumped together or even compared with one another.
Type 2 diabetes may not be labeled as serious as type 1 diabetes, but one thing is for certain — it's the deadliest. What is the smoking gun for these children? According to this research study, it's cardiovascular disease. With risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, hyperinsulinemia, poor nutrition and lack of physical exercise, type 2 diabetes in children may be our newest epidemic.