Diabetes is not only experienced by the elderly. Teenagers can also have diabetes. In fact, research shows that diabetes that occurs in a teenager is even more dangerous. Why can diabetes in teenagers have more fatal consequences? A study by Diabetes Treatment Options for Type 2 in Adolescents and Youth, said that diabetes developed more rapidly in teenagers compared to adults or the elderly. type 2 diabetes in teenagers, generally quickly raises complications such as heart and kidney disease.
A journal published in the special edition of Diabetes Care, basically show the bad effects that can occur in teenagers with diabetes, even though these teenagers have received optimal care and strict monitoring of the diabetes expert.
The study published in 2004 also involved young people with type 2 diabetes while testing the efficacy of various diabetes drugs. It was found that in diabetic participants aged 10 to 17 years, metformin drugs were not effective in reducing their blood sugar levels. Please note that metformin is a drug that is usually used as the primary treatment for type 2 diabetes in adults. Unfortunately, metformin does not produce good effects on teenagers who have diabetes.
Half of the teenagers take metformin cannot make their blood sugar stable at the normal range, and eventually, they have to start taking insulin drugs. This is an important warning that diabetes experienced at a young age is more dangerous and difficult to deal with. Diabetes in teenagers is likely caused by lifestyle and health problems. Factors such as genetics can increase the risk of teenagers suffering from diabetes. Factors that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in teenagers include:
– Being overweight or obese
– Live an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages
– Like to consume sweet intake and ready meals
– Have family members with diabetes
– Have a history of gestational diabetes
– Have high cholesterol levels
– Diagnosed with prediabetes