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Type 2 diabetes causes earlier complications and disability

Doctors and other health professionals have paid increased attention to Type 2 diabetes, the form of diabetes linked to youth. As obesity rates have climbed in children, so has the documented incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Now experts think that the disease is more widespread and progressing more rapidly than once anticipated. The disease is also more aggressive in children and harder to treat.

Many doctors worry that those with Type 2 diabetes will also suffer complications, including loss of sight, loss of circulation, nerve damage, heart-damage and amputation. In severe cases, these symptoms can arise much earlier than before and result in permanent disability. These complications earlier in life can leave young people suffering from Type 2 diabetes unable to work and eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Several factors influence the onset of the disease in young people, not just a lack of physical activities. Researchers believe that the disease is harder to control in children and teenagers, partly because of hormones that also kick-in at the same time.

Though Type 2 diabetes can be regulated by diet and exercise, many treatments are becoming ineffective for children. The oral medications that work in adults are more resistant for younger patients. While aggressive treatments are not a sure thing, they can be effective if started early on. Doctors also believe that children should be on individualized treatment programs.

Patients of diabetes can collect Social Security Disability benefits, but must be able to provide appropriate documentation to support their claim. If you or someone you love is suffering from diabetes disability, it is important to consult with an experienced doctor to evaluate your condition, seek appropriate treatments and consult with an attorney who can effectively present your case.

Source: New York Times, "Obesity and type-2 diabetes cases take toll on children," Denise Grady, April 29, 2012.

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