15 Nov 2018

Type 2 diabetes rising in Auckland children

12:22 pm on 15 November 2018

Research from New Zealand shows an increasing number of under-15-year-olds are being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, which used to be considered an adult disease.

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The study, which analysed 21 years of patient records, also show rates for Māori and Pacific children are up to 18 times higher than for Pakehā children.

Craig Jeffries, from Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital, said the ethnic disparity was partly-related to differences in body weight.

He said diagnoses of both lifestyle related two-2 and the auto-immune linked type-1 diabetes are increasing at about three to five percent a year.