Study finds type 1 and type 2 diabetes increasing among youth

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows type 1 and type 2 diabetes in kids are on the rise.

Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Rose Schneier with Gundersen Health System said diabetes is a public health issue.

“The biggest concern for practitioners like me is how can we serve all of these kids,” said Schneier.

The study shows from 2001 to 2009 the number of type 1 diabetes cases in children 19 and under increased more than 20 percent.

It also shows the number of type 2 diabetes cases from the same time period was up more than 30 percent in kids ages 10 to 19.

“I think that this study points out that this a real challenge,” said Schneier.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin.

It happens when your immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is when your blood glucose levels go too high.

Doctors said right now there aren’t any good ways to prevent type 1 diabetes.

However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with a healthy diet and exercise.”

“We know that lifestyle is so important we really have to make a strong public health effort to be advocates for kids even if you don’t have kids,” said Schneier.

The study said more research needs to be done to figure out what’s caused the increases.