People of most ages are affected by diabetes. In recent years, we have seen a rapid spread over all age groups, especially in Type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune conditionand mostly develops before adulthood and remains with them throughout theirlife.
Type 2 diabetes on the other hand, ismainly brought on by an unhealthy, inactive lifestyle, weight gain andgenetics. Childhood obesity is known to increase the risk of developing type 2diabetes in adulthood.
There has been an increase of type 2diabetes in younger people because of the same factors that affect adults --namely obesity linked to physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet. Type 2diabetes in children is fast becoming recognised as a global public healthissue with potentially serious health outcomes.
However the 40-59 age group is still the largest for people with type 2 diabetes. In the UAE we are hopeful that through our public health campaign ‘Diabetes.Knowledge.Action’, we will be able to help children and adults alike living with, or at the risk of developing diabetes to adopt a healthier lifestyle and to reverse this trend.