Number of children with Type 2 diabetes expected to skyrocket in coming years

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Research says the number of children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes could rise by 700% over the next three decades.

A new study shows the sharp increase will likely be caused by spiking childhood obesity numbers.

While kids are normally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the body does not produce insulin, Type 2 is often caused by obesity and lack of exercise.

“It’s really important that families lead by example,” said Jordan Bontrager, a dietitian and diabetes educator with CHI Health. “Healthy eating and exercise by all family members can certainly have kids believing in the right path and being able to make the right choices when it comes to not developing Type 2 Diabetes.”

Local experts say the rise of Type 2 diabetes in children could mean more kids will end up being diagnosed with Type 2 than Type 1.

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