Type 2 diabetes surpasses Type 1 in youth, especially South Asians: B.C. study (Providence Health Care)

A British Columbia study suggests Type 2 diabetes has drastically increased among young people, with the highest number of new cases diagnosed for South Asians — twice the rate of Caucasians and triple that of Chinese youth.

The study led by Providence Health Care found that the majority of young people under 30 with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, which, unlike Type 1, is caused mostly by obesity and physical inactivity and was previously linked to older adults.

Dr. Calvin Ke, one of the study authors, said urgent action is needed to prevent Type 2 diabetes among youth who are being diagnosed as early as age 20, though screening for the disease doesn't start until age 40.

Camille Bains reports

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