Riskier for young

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

TYPE 2 di­a­betes — which is strik­ing peo­ple at a younger age in Ire­land — may have a more ag­gres­sive im­pact the ear­lier it de­vel­ops, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

It was once con­sid­ered a dis­ease largely con­fined to older peo­ple, but the global epi­demic of obe­sity and over­weight has seen di­ag­noses rocket in young adults, ado­les­cents and even ap­pear in young chil­dren.

New re­search pub­lished in Di­a­betolo­gia, the jour­nal of the Euro­pean As­so­ci­a­tion for the Study of Di­a­betes , shows the ear­lier a per­son is di­ag­nosed with the ill­ness, the higher their risk of death from heart dis­ease and stroke. Un­usu­ally, they have a lower risk of death from can­cer.

The study by Prof Dianna Magliano and Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Shaw at the Baker Heart and Di­a­betes In­sti­tute, Mel­bourne, an­a­lysed the data of 743,709 Aus­tralians with type 2 di­a­betes.

If you main­tain a healthy weight, you can re­duce your risk of de­vel­op­ing the con­di­tion.

If you think that you may al­ready have symp­toms of di­a­betes, see your GP.

There are risk fac­tors you can’t con­trol, such as be­ing over 40 or hav­ing a close fam­ily mem­ber who has type 2 di­a­betes.

Peo­ple of Asian or African-Caribbean ori­gin also are more likely to get this form of di­a­betes.

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