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Your Health: 11-21-12 Diabetes estimates for children climb

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There are new estimates out on the climbing rate of diabetes among children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that rates of children with type 2 diabetes could quadruple, while the number of children with type 1 diabetes could triple, if the current trends in diabetes for young people stay the same.

 Health experts say these numbers are very important because as a society, we will need to plan and prepare for the high-quality care of these children.

They say there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, but for type 2 diabetes, there is a great deal of research in adults that shows increasing activity and losing weight can help prevent it.

Doctors say more research is needed to see if this is also the case for children at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Study results appear in the journal, Diabetes Care.

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