More people are developing type 2 diabetes at a younger age. This is especially true for the Hispanic/Latino community. Researchers are examining medical information from over a million people with diabetes worldwide to find out if the risk of serious complications changes based on a person’s age when they develop diabetes. Researchers found that each year younger in age a person develops type 2 diabetes, was linked to a 3-5% increased risk of death, heart attacks, strokes, circulation problems, and damage to the nerves, eyes and kidneys from diabetes. This makes it very important for doctors to regularly screen young people with diabetes for early signs of complications. Further, everything possible must be done to minimize risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking or high levels of fats in the bloodstream. More importantly, we need to reduce the risk of young people from developing diabetes.
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