23. Children Are Developing Type 2 Diabetes
Just a few decades ago, type two diabetes was limited to those who are elderly. Type one diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, was the only time doctors would see in children. However, with the high amount of processed foods – especially those high in sugar, that children are eating – coupled with the amount of time they are spending online rather than outside playing, children younger than eight years old are being diagnosed with type two diabetes. We have yet to see how this health crisis will affect the genome, especially since Diabetes does appear to run in families.
Given the expense of treating diabetes and the horrible complications it can lead to, including blindness and loss of limbs, the idea of generations facing a high rate of Type 2 Diabetes is genuinely worrisome. The medical community will have to grapple with providing a huge amount of intensive healthcare to future generations if high diabetes rates continue. It could lead to a reduction in life expectancy and the overall quality of life for those affected. Understanding the increase in Type 2 Diabetes is doubtless a top priority for medical researchers to avert the coming crisis.