As obesity rate rises, ‘double diabetes’ looms large

An October report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics revealed a startling increase in the prevalence of obesity in the U.S., with rates now approaching 20% in children and 40% in adults for 2015-2016 … The growing epidemic has not spared those with type 1 diabetes. Today, obesity prevalence is as high or higher among patients with type 1 diabetes as in the general population. According to 2015 data from the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry, nearly 40% of children and adolescents with the disease also have overweight or obesity, putting them at increased risk for insulin resistance, hypertension and dyslipidemia — all the hallmarks of not type 1, but type 2 diabetes … read more