Indigenous youth T2DM rates 'shocking'

Researchers say they’ve uncovered a high prevalence of the disease, with evidence young people aren’t accessing medical services

The prevalence of youth-onset type 2 diabetes among Indigenous patients in northern Australia is a ‘shocking’ 13-fold higher than previously thought, researchers say.

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And among those with HbA1c results recorded, just one in seven had blood glucose levels within recommended targets, their study found.

The crude prevalence of youth-onset type 2 diabetes (T2DM) was 6.7 cases per 1000 Indigenous people aged under 25 — significantly higher than the previously