Growing up sick: Study of pediatric diabetes shows need for action

Kids are growing up fast these days. They’re getting adult-type diseases faster, too, according to a study that highlights anew the need for healthy, active lifestyles.

Between 2011 and 2015, the number of claims for Type 2 diabetes more than doubled among people 22 and younger, according to the study of data from about 60 insurers by Fair Health, a national nonprofit that specializes in issues related to insurance and health care costs.

The study found that diabetes in children was especially prevalent in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah and least prevalent in Delaware, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, differences that Fair Health attributed to factors such as diet, access to health care and availability of recreational activities.

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