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Diabetes rate among children & youth is rising

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A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics says one out of every four youth in the U.S. is diabetic or prediabetic.  What is even worst is that those who have Type 1 diabetes also have dangerous symptoms that could lead to diabetic coma or even death if untreated.

More than half the patients were hospitalized at diagnosis.

The study looked at people below 20 years of age.

Alarmingly, children from infants to 4 years old, were more likely to have a serious diabetic condition.  The percentage of those with the disease decreased for young people between 15-to-19 years old.

In the last 40 years cases of Type 1 diabetes in children has increased three to five percent annually worldwide