New Delhi: If you are under the impression that diabetes is an old man`s disease, you are wrong. More and more children are falling prey to this lifestyle disease and doctors say it is best to screen children too.The theme of this year`s World Diabetes Day, being observed Wednesday, is: "Protect Our Future"."There has been an increase in the number of patients coming to clinics for diabetes screening in the last decade. The number of young people falling prey to the disease is also increasing," said I.P.S. Kochar, paediatric and adolescent endocrinologist and diabetologist at Fortis Hospital here.Type I diabetes, which is not lifestyle-induced, is more common among children. Doctors say the issue of concern, however, is the rising cases of Type II diabetes, which occurs due to lifestyle disorders."Type I diabetes is when the pancreas doesn`t create insulin, and that is what mostly affects children. But these days, we are also seeing Type II diabetes, which is when insulin is secreted but fails to work. This type is lifestyle-induced," Jean Claude Mbanya, president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), told IANS.According to IDF, there are over 61 million patients of diabetes in India.
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