For many years, Type 2 diabetes was almost exclusively known as "adult-onset diabetes." Yet since the 1990s, an increasing number of children and teenagers in Florida have been developing the medical condition. In some cases, this malady can be regulated with diet and exercise.
Unfortunately, a recent study shows that Type 2 diabetes is increasingly becoming resistant to traditional treatments. Knowing this, young people are being exposed to the possibility of a great number of physical impairments down the road, such as amputation and loss of eyesight. This could create serious problems for any of individuals with diabetes who wish to maintain a career and steady income.
The study showed that there is an increasing number of children developing Type 2 diabetes. While obesity is typically associated with contracting this condition, medical researchers are linking other factors to the disease in young people. For many, the condition is a genetic in nature, as some individuals have a higher propensity gain weight.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of this study is that doctors are not entirely sure why treatments are becoming less effective for young people. One theory is that as children go through puberty, the increased hormone levels in their bodies interfere with their treatments. The study also showed that oral diabetes medications were almost entirely ineffective in some young patients, where they are usually effective in adults under similar conditions.
Not only are doctors worried that this may cause problems down the road, but they are worried that as diabetes becomes more severe for young people, they will begin to develop diabetic complications much earlier in life.
Diabetes is a life-long struggle for many people, but can be regulated. Yet diabetes can cause life-altering complications, which can severely limit physical mobility and make performing a job difficult or impossible. In these cases, investigating your options, such as receiving Social Security Disability benefits, may be a worthwhile venture. If you decide to pursue these benefits, it is very important that you fill out the paper work accurately and provide all the necessary documentation. First applications are frequently denied, often due to an error in the application. The important thing is not to get discouraged: There are ways to increase the chances that your application will be accepted.
Source: The New York Times, "Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment," Denise Grady, April 29, 2012