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Number of younger adults with diabetes on the rise, study shows

Australian researchers used a cohort of 343,714 individuals and found that the proportion of those ages 18 to 40 who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes rose from 9.5% to 12.5% since 2000, with females in this age group having a higher incidence than women in the 40 to 50 and 50 to 60 age groups. The findings, presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting, also showed a stable all-cause mortality and cardiovascular morbidity rates in the younger age groups after 2005, with the all-cause mortality rate dropping by nearly 20% and by 30% among those in the 60 to 70 and in the 70 to 80 age group, respectively.

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