Type 2 diabetes in adolescents and young adults on the rise worldwide

12. December 2022
Posted in Diabetes
12. December 2022 Rüdiger Beck

More adolescents and young adults are developing type 2 diabetes worldwide. A systematic analysis of the latest data from more than 200 countries and regions shows a substantial increase in type 2 diabetes rates in these age groups from 1990 to 2019, researchers report in BMJ (2022; DOI: 10.1136/ bmj-2022-072385).

The analysis also shows that countries with a sociodemographic index in the (lower) middle range and women under age 30 are particularly affected by the increase. A high body mass index (BMI) was the most important risk factor for the disease in all countries.


vivamind Commentary: The article reveals the need for health policy to focus strategically on prevention in order to counteract this trend, not least from an economic point of view.