There is a common misconception surrounding Type 2 diabetes. It has to do with the idea it only afflicts older populations. While the average person does not fully understand diabetes, they do know there are two different types, and one is the kind that strikes early in life. Since Type 2 diabetes is commonly associated with middle-aged adults or those in the later stages of life, it creates a grey area between the two types.
If someone develops diabetes before the age of forty, especially if they are in their twenties, it can feel confusing. Unfortunately, we are now seeing adult-onset diabetes striking younger and younger populations. What was once unheard of is now becoming increasingly common. While it is not the norm, young adults in their twenties and even their late teens are finding themselves being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Which raises the question: are younger populations at risk? The short answer is yes; younger communities are at risk. In fact, in modern society people of all ages are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The modern lifestyle is to blame, as much as the habits of many individuals.
Logically, the next question is why are younger populations also at risk? Historically, Type 2 diabetes afflicting a young adult was the exception. But we must face reality. And the truth is diabetes is rising among the youth because of…
- the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyles, particularly in regards to nutrition.
- physical inactivity is also a factor,
but the emphasis is on food choices.
What gives rise to high blood sugar levels, to begin with, is the intake of unhealthy carbohydrates. It may be due to a high volume or poor choices. For most, it is a combination of both.
Then comes body fat. In the Western world, obesity rates are out of control. It is especially alarming when our youth are overweight because the tendency is to gain more weight as one becomes older – not lose it. Since Type 2 diabetes and obesity are so closely linked, it is no wonder diabetes rates are also at an all-time high. It does not help we are more inactive than we have ever been across all age groups.
So yes – younger populations are at risk. But so is everyone else, and it is for the same reason: poor habits and decisions. Fortunately, there is a natural fix assuming there is a drive for everyone to become healthy.