Twice as many teens and children are taking medication to treat or prevent Type 2 diabetes than four years ago, according to a study released from Express Scripts Inc., one of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch reported.
As we often hear, obesity is a major cause of diabetes, and this study coincides with government research, which found more U.S. kids are overweight.
Apparently, this study is "the first of its kind nationally to reveal the long-suspected national increase in prevalence of children with or at risk for diabetes," said Emily Cox, Express Scripts senior director of research and one of the study's lead authors.
Tragically, not so long ago, type 2 diabetes was called "adult-onset diabetes," because it most often would strike middle-aged adults and seniors. But now, as gets are gaining weight, more and more are becoming diabetic -- which means they will typically have their life span shortened by about a decade.
Please, if you have overweight or obese children, try to help them to lose weight so they won't face horrific health consequences such as a stroke, heart attack, blindness, or amputation.