Diabetes in Colorado youth rises; future uncertain

Raquel Villa, 17, checks her blood sugar level at her home in Federal Heights, Colo., on 6/5/12 as she manages Type II diabetes she developed when she was 12. Villa is one of a number of youngsters with Type II diabetes, previously a disease only affecting adults.

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. Continue Reading →