RISKS OF TYPE 2 DIABETES

The risks of type 2 diabetes are well documented; coronary heart disease, dyslipidaemia, blindness, renal failure, amputation and so on. Failing to diagnose the condition, and thus missing the opportunity to prevent the sequelae, is a costly error and an illustration that obesity must not be ignored; 10% of NHS resources are spent on diabetes and its complications, on behalf of only 3% of the population. WHO fact sheet 138 describes diabetes as the most important consequence of obesity. There are currently estimated to be over 150 million cases worldwide, a number that is likely to double by 2025.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the increasing numbers of people with type 2 diabetes is the fact that adult-onset diabetes is now being seen in children as young as 10. Until recently, type 2 diabetes was unknown in children – it was usually restricted to adults over the age of 40. However, because of the increasing levels of childhood obesity it is now being seen in grossly obese children (weighing 20 stone or more). Although the phenomenon was initially reported in the US, the first cases of childhood-onset type 2 diabetes are being seen in the UK. Children such as these have a whole lifetime in which to develop the complications of diabetes, not to mention the comorbidities of obesity itself. Their shortened life expectancy has made some commentators believe that the current generation will be the first in which parents consistently outlive their children.
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RISKS OF TYPE 2 DIABETESThe risks of type 2 diabetes are well documented; coronary heart disease, dyslipidaemia, blindness, renal failure, amputation and so on. Failing to diagnose the condition, and thus missing the opportunity to prevent the sequelae, is a costly error and an illustration that obesity must not be ignored; 10% of NHS resources are spent on diabetes and its complications, on behalf of only 3% of the population. WHO fact sheet 138 describes diabetes as the most important consequence of obesity. There are currently estimated to be over 150 million cases worldwide, a number that is likely to double by 2025.One of the most disturbing aspects of the increasing numbers of people with type 2 diabetes is the fact that adult-onset diabetes is now being seen in children as young as 10. Until recently, type 2 diabetes was unknown in children – it was usually restricted to adults over the age of 40. However, because of the increasing levels of childhood obesity it is now being seen in grossly obese children (weighing 20 stone or more). Although the phenomenon was initially reported in the US, the first cases of childhood-onset type 2 diabetes are being seen in the UK. Children such as these have a whole lifetime in which to develop the complications of diabetes, not to mention the comorbidities of obesity itself. Their shortened life expectancy has made some commentators believe that the current generation will be the first in which parents consistently outlive their children.*2/312/5*

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