'The Number of young people suffering from type two diabetes is nearly ten times higher than previously thought, new analysis reveals.
Campaigners expressed shock last night as it emerged the real tally of those with the life-threatening disease is approaching 7,000.
Earlier this year figures from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health sparked concern when they indicated there were 715 people under the age of 25 in England and Wales living with the condition.
Traditionally the lifestyle-related condition was only seen among older adults, often those overweight or obese.
It was only in 2000 that the first recorded diagnosis of a child with type 2 diabetes took place.
However, a new analysis by the charity Diabetes UK for the first time took into account data from GP surgeries, showing the true number receiving treatment to be far higher.
The condition is much more aggressive in children and young people than in adults, with a higher overall risk of complications that tend to appear much earlier.
Diabetes UK warned that thousands more children and young people could be diagnosed with the condition over the coming years, as the latest figures on childhood obesity show that more than a third of children in England will be overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.
It has called for better specialist support for youngsters with the condition to help manage their illness and reduce their risk of serious complications.
Meanwhile, it backed proposals for a ban on junk food TV advertising aimed at children before 9pm, and to restrict supermarket price promotions for unhealthy foods.'
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