Almost every week across Colorado, a child is diagnosed with a potentially deadly disease that used to occur only in adults.
These young patients are developing type 2 diabetes – what used to be called “adult onset” diabetes. The disease is strongly linked to obesity, and it used to take decades to develop in adults. But in the past two decades, the degenerative disease suddenly began showing up in children.
“It’s a known, predicted disaster if we do nothing – if we just sit back and watch,” said Chris Lindley, director of the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
What’s not known is how big a disaster it could be. Read the full story and watch the video here.