Diabetes among US youths increased from 2002 to 2015

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes among U.S. youths increased at constant rates every year between 2002 and 2015, according to CDC data.

To assess diabetes trends among youth (those younger than 20 years), researchers analyzed 2002-2015 data from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, a population-based registry study with clinical sites in five U.S. states. The registry includes data for 69 million children and teenagers.

They found that the incidence of Type 1 diabetes increased from 19.5 per 100,000 in 2002-2003 to 22.3 per 100,000 from 2014 to 2015, resulting in an annual percentage change of 1.9 percent.

The rate of increase in Type 1 diabetes was higher among black children and teenagers (2.7 percent per year), Hispanics (4 percent per year) and Asians and Pacific Islanders (4.4 percent per year), compared to white children and teens (0.7 percent per year).

The incidence of Type 2 diabetes among those ages 10 to 19 years increased from 9 per 100,000 from 2002 to 2003 to 13.8 per 100,000 from 2014 to 2015, an annual percentage change of 4.8 percent.

Researchers found steeper rates of increase in Type 2 diabetes among Asians and Pacific Islanders (7.7 percent per year) followed by Hispanics (6.5 percent per year), black youth (6 percent per year) and Native Americans (3.7 percent per year).

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