Riskier for young
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.