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Can children develop type 2 diabetes?

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More than 208,000 people younger than 20 have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number includes both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Years ago, it was rare to hear about a child with type 2 diabetes. Doctors used to think kids only got type 1. It was even called juvenile diabetes for a long time.

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Friends & Family: Their Responses to Your Child's Diabetes," "Teens & Young Adults." 

WebMD Medical News: "Obesity Doubles Kids' Risk of Diabetes: To Save Kids' Health, U.S. Must Tackle Childhood Obesity, Doctor Says." 

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Friends & Family: Their Responses to Your Child's Diabetes," "Teens & Young Adults." 

WebMD Medical News: "Obesity Doubles Kids' Risk of Diabetes: To Save Kids' Health, U.S. Must Tackle Childhood Obesity, Doctor Says." 

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2019

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