Type 2 diabetes is growing in people under 40 years old, according to an analysis published by Diabetes UK.
The number of people under 40 with a clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in the UK has risen to 148,000, a 23% increase from 2017 figures.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results in hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels) due to the body:
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include feeling tired during the day, often constant hunger,and urinating more often than normal.
If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause complications such as stroke, kidney failure and heart disease.
Type 2 diabetes has until recently been rare in people aged 40 years or younger.
Chris Askew OBE, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK said: “If you’re under 40, you’re not immune to type 2 diabetes. It is vital that you check your risk now and that individuals, no matter what their age or background, are given the opportunity to access support to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.”
There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes including genetics, ethnicity, obesity and family history.
Disruption due to Covid lockdowns may have also had an effect on habits, nutritional status and exercise.
A survey of 5,764 people published in August revealed the lifestyle-related changes people with diabetes undertook during the UK’s first lockdown.
With the right treatment and support, many cases of type 2 diabetes can be put into remission or reversed.
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