400 annual diabetes diagnoses in young Australians

And although the rates of new cases have largely remained stable over the last decade (2002–03 to 2011–12), the emerging burden of type 2 diabetes is a cause for concern, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report is the first to document incidence and prevalence estimates for type 2 diabetes in children and young people.

The increase in type 2 diabetes in children and young people was attributed in part to high rates of overweight and obesity in these age groups.

The incidence was found to increase with age – from three new cases per 100,000 population in 10–14 year-olds to eight per 100,000 in 15–19-year-olds and 16 per 100,000 for those aged 20–24 years.

Between 2006–11, the age-specific rate of type 2 diabetes for Indigenous Australians was eight times higher than non-Indigenous among 10–14-year-olds. As of June 2012 there were around 2200