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Your child may be a diabetic!

Diabetes rarely makes headlines, and yet it will be the world’s seventh largest killer by 2030 unless intense and focused efforts are made by governments, communities and individuals. Diabetes has been growing at an alarming rate in India. Unfortunately, children are also at increasing risk of developing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Worldwide, most common type of diabetes in children is Type 1 diabetes (previously termed insulin dependent diabetes mellitus). “Overall, approximately 80,000 children under 15 year are estimated to develop type 1 diabetes annually worldwide. Childhood onset type 2 Diabetes (the most common type in adults) is also on rise due to rising prevalence of childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyle. At Medanta, amongst a total of 470 cases with diabetes onset below 18 years nearly 85 per cent have type 1 diabetes whereas about 8 per cent children have Type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Ganesh Jevalikar, Pediatric endocrinologist, Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Medanta The Medicity. Diabetes can be seen at any age. Type 1 diabetes is commonly seen around the age of puberty but is also increasingly being seen in children less than 5 years. “The youngest child seen at our centre was of 6 month age at diagnosis. Some rare genetic types of diabetes can also be seen at birth,” adds Dr Jevalikar. “Diabetes rarely makes headlines, and yet it will be the world’s seventh largest killer by 2030 unless intense and focused efforts are made by governments, communities and individuals,” shared Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia.–Agencies

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